Coast Bases Get Ready For FurloughsBy Evelina Burnett | Published 04 Jun 2013 04:43pm |
Mississippi’s Gulf Coast military bases are readying for the impact of civilian furloughs, which begin July 8. At Keesler Air Force Base, some 28,000 students receive technical training here every year. Many classes are taught by Keesler’s civilian employees. Base commander General Bradley Spacy says getting that training done without a key part of the workforce will be one of the real challenges of the furlough.
Spacy says the furlough won’t I mpact “mission readiness” – but that’s because military employees will work extra during the furlough period, and civilian employees will work harder, too, as they get ready.
In Gulfport, Seabee Base Commander Captain Rick Burgess says furloughs could mean changes in battalion training schedules. Both leaders also expressed concern over the impact on affected workers, who will take a 20-percent pay cut, and said they had efforts in place to help. Burgess says the Seabee base has provided classes and financial counseling.
About 600 Navy employees, in Gulfport and at Stennis Space Center, will be affected by the furloughs. At Keesler, about 1400 workers will be impacted.
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