FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – As part of the sequestration of the military enacted March 1, civilian employees at Ft. Campbell and across the nation will be furloughed in an attempt to make up for massive budget cuts across the board.
According to the Department of Defense (DOD), employees will be furloughed for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sep. 30. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slashed the number of days from the original 22 to lessen the blow.
“I have made this decision very reluctantly, because I know that the furloughs will disrupt lives and impact DOD operations,” Hagel said in a memo to defense managers. “We are taking actions to reduce this shortfall. One main priority has governed our decisions: to minimize the adverse effects on our military mission, including military readiness.”
DOD’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year was reduced by $37 billion.