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VOL. 37 | NO. 26 | Friday, June 28, 2013

Fort Campbell furlough options weighed

By Tim Ghianni

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Fort Campbell authorities are reviewing the furlough appeals of some of the 3,000-plus civilian employees post-wide who have been notified that some of their work is falling victim to the sequester, according to Bob Jenkins, public affairs officer for the post, which is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

The employees had seven days to appeal their furloughs, Jenkins says.

“Furloughs are for 11 days, to be taken between July 8 and Sept. 30,” Jenkins says, adding this is the equivalent of “one day per week for the remainder of the fiscal year.”

But it depends on where the employee is working as to whether those work hours will be eliminated.

“Any job dealing directly with life, health and safety issues was ‘excepted’ from furlough, meaning it was exempt,” said Jenkins.

Also the mission of the post will not be hurt by the furloughs, he said.

“Soldier training will continue, but the way scheduling is conducted may be different to some degree,” he says. However, for those soldiers who are being prepared to deploy, the training will continue in full.

There will be some impact on the availability of on-post services for families, retirees and civilians, according to Jenkins.

“People who use services on Fort Campbell should call ahead for appointments or to see if that particular agency is operating on the day they want to visit,” he says, adding that support for active duty soldiers will take priority over others when these appointments are scheduled.

He says these are the first furloughs in recent history, although the post has come close to this situation in the past, only to be averted by Congressional action.