Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, flanked by Air Force personnel, walks down the rear ramp of a C-17 at Joint Base Charleston near Charleston, S.C., on the last day of a three-day trip to visit bases in the Carolinas and Florida in June. When Hagel told civilian Department of Defense workers on the base that job furloughs — which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, will likely continue next year, and may get even worse — the audience softly gasped in surprise and gave a few depressed, low whistles.
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