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Furloughs hit Grissom air base

– 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 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 Kokomo Tribune.

“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 Stratotankers.

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.

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