PERU, Ind. (AP) — Unpaid furlough days caused by automatic federal budget
cuts are starting next week for about 470 civilian employees at northern
Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base.
The workers have to take 11 furlough days between Monday and the end of the
federal budget year on Sept. 30, according to military officials.
Most workers will be furloughed for one day each week, but those days will
vary based on the mission needs at the base, Lt. Col. Gary Lockard told the
"For us, it's a matter of still flying planes and getting missions done
while meeting furlough requirements," Lockard said.
The base near the city of Peru about 50 miles north of Indianapolis is home
to the Air Force Reserves' 434th Air Refueling Wing, which flies KC-135
The furloughs are estimated to cost Grissom workers an average of more than
$3,100. Lockard said some workers whose jobs are deemed essential are exempt
from the furloughs, including security personnel, or those currently
deployed overseas or who will be deployed later this year.
Similar furloughs are coming for nearly 4,000 civilian workers at Crane
Naval Surface Warfare Center in southern Indiana.