DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The commander of the state's largest military base says budget cuts could lead to unpaid furloughs for civilian personnel and a 15-percent cut in operations.
Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, said Thursday that 22-day furloughs for as many as 13,000 civilian employees would be an "absolutely worst-case scenario" of Air Force spending reductions. Civilians make up 60 percent of the workforce at the sprawling base.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/14G8yO2 ) reports that furloughs would begin in April.
The unpaid time off and additional cuts could be necessary if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to reach a deal to avert sequestration, or automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal spending set to begin March 1.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com