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Fort Campbell Forces Furloughs

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by Marcus Washington

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Ft. Campbell was the latest to announce how it plans to handle furlough days since federal budget cuts known as sequestration took effect.

Most of the civilian workers will have to take 11 furlough days from July 8 – September 30, a total of 88 hours.

"An employee may not be accepted for 88 hours or all 11 days, but she or he may be accepted for part of those hours, so we can maintain safe enough capability so that life-health safety is preserved," said Ft. Campbell Garrison Commander David L. Dellinger.

The hospital and air traffic control are two areas that Commander Col. Dellinger said are monitored closely for the safety of everyone.

Soldiers will notice a difference and some of their continuous training will be facing cuts. This training will not include pre-deployment training.

"No soldier is going to leave here without the training that they are required to have so they are 100% successful," said Dellinger.

All nine schools will close because of the furloughs within the first two months of school. A total of 5,000 students are enrolled in Ft. Campbell schools.

Even with the change, Col. Dellinger said they will continue its mission to protect our country.

"Continue to do our best to prepare our families for those that are deployed and prepare our soldiers for those that are going to deploy," he said.

Furloughs for next fiscal year are being considered.

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