Sequester furlough days set for civilian workers at midstate military installations

Written by Matt Paul | May 30, 2013 4:35 AM
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(Carlisle) --Department of Defense spending cuts as a result of the sequester will result in the furlough of civilian employees this summer.  From July 8th through September 27th, civilian employees will be furloughed 11 days.

Major General Tony Cucolo, commandant of the Army War College and commanding general at the Carlisle Barracks, says it translates into a 20 percent pay cut during the furlough time period and a four percent reduction in annual pay.

 "I'm responsible and accountable for the health, welfare, the well-being of all of my folks, and this type of thing hits home," Cucolo says.  "It hurts me." 

Cucolo says the furloughs will affect about 660 people at the Carlisle Barracks, whose duties range from the processing of ID cards to teaching classes at the Army War College and everything in between. 

But, the number of furlough days is less than expected at military installations across the midstate.  The initial estimate on furlough days was 22. 

Other military installations in the region -- including Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County and the Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County -- will also be affected. 

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