BY TOM BUSSELBERG
Clipper Associate Editor
HILL AFB — Furloughs are due to start this week and run through Sept. 21 for about 11,000 civilian employees at Hill AFB.
The U.S. Department of Defense implemented the furloughs as a response to sequestration. They called it “an unavoidable result of the $37 billion cut in defense spending triggered by sequestration.”
A press release from the base said most civilian employees at the base will be furloughed each Friday until the end of the federal fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.
“As a result, Hill’s heavily civilian-populated units will reduce operations considerably on these days,” said spokesman Richard Essary.
The base commissary will be closed on Mondays, as directed by the Defense Commissary Agency.
Civilian employees comprise about two-thirds of the “total team” workforce at the base.
The financial loss to each employee is equivalent to a 20 percent reduction in pay during the furlough period, Essary said.
The Air Force estimates the total savings at $34 million.