Furloughs at Air Station Could Begin in July

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The Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna received guidance Wednesday about implementing furloughs as a result of sequestration.

Maj. Brent Davis said nothing is final but if furloughs are implemented, they’ll start in July and go through the end of September.

The number of unpaid days is now at 11, which is down from the 22 previously suggested. As many as 409 employees could be affected, but it wouldn’t necessarily involve everyone employed at the station, Davis said.

“These folks are pilots, they’re crew members, they’re maintainers. They are all throughout the base just like civilians are,” said Davis.

The possible furlough breaks down to about one day per week. Davis said cutting the work week down will have an impact on the mission, but they’ll still be mission-ready.

“Regardless of what happens, we are going to keep safety and reliability a priority in the wing, and we’ll be able to do the mission within our limitations,” said Davis. “We’re proud to be here, and we love the Valley support, we appreciate community support.”

Davis said the cutbacks will save the Department of Defense about $1.8 billion, but couldn’t say what that means for the Youngstown station.

“We want to be fully mission capable. This is a season. It’s not great news, but it’s just for a season,” said Davis. “But during that season, if you look at DOD wide, I mean what is that doing for our national security?”

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