The weekly furlough of 200 civilian military technicians began Tuesday at Fort Wayne’s Air National Guard base.
As a result, the 122nd Fighter Wing has cut its flight training schedule from four days a week to three for the rest of the summer.
Federal budget cuts known as sequestration forced the temporary layoffs, which affect about a third of the full-time personnel at the local base, including its commander, Col. David Augustine.
In all, 10,000 members of the Indiana National Guard are losing 20 percent of their hours and pay over 11 weeks. They include nine members of the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, an Army National Guard unit based in Fort Wayne.
A spokesman stressed that the 122nd Fighter Wing is not closed on furlough days, which will be every Tuesday.
“Every building is open, every light is on, so to speak,” said Master Sgt. Darin Hubble, public affairs superintendent.
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