Dobbins starts furloughs of 500 employees
by Jon Gillooly
July 01, 2013 12:00 AM | 452 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Officials at Dobbins Air Reserve Base began issuing furlough notices to more than 500 civil service employees as a result of federally mandated budget cuts.

The announcement was made in June.

Select members of the Air Force Reserve will be furloughed one day a week for a total of 88 work hours, or 11 work days, beginning July 8 and lasting until Sep. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"This is a very difficult position for us, but we're going to continue doing what we can to carry out our mission safely and provide C-130 airlift whenever and wherever it's needed," said Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander. "Although these cuts will be very difficult on our civilian employees, we've planned for this and tried to minimize the effects the furloughs will have on the readiness of our force."

Affected employees include those serving as C-130 aircrew and maintainers, financial management specialists, legal clerks and civil engineers, among others.

In addition, the Dobbins ARB airfield now opens 30 minutes later each day in order to reduce operating costs for the base's flying mission. Dobbins spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said there are more than 580 civil service employees that support the mission at Dobbins.

"Once the furlough begins the cut, as it stands today, represents approximately a 20 percent reduction to their pay for the remainder of the fiscal year," Wilson said.

State Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell), the former chairman of the Cobb Democratic Party, said he hates to see the pain the pay cuts will cause the families who make their living at Dobbins.

Sequestration, signed into law as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, is a package of mandated cuts to the federal budget, totaling some $1.2 trillion over 10 years, of which some $85 billion takes effect in fiscal 2013.

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