250 Local Air Base Workers Furloughed In Shutdown

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By: Eames Yates
October 1, 2013

Valdosta, GA -More than half of Moody Air Force Base's civilian workforce has been furloughed because of the government shutdown. They've already faced eleven furlough days because of budget cuts.

The shutdown is affecting 250 civilian workers at Moody. They include maintenance, administrative and food service jobs. In some cases Moody airmen will have to pick up the slack and work double duty without the additional help. All active members of the military are still getting paid. But Moody says initiating the furlough days has been a tough decision.

Col. Steven Ramer, U.S. Air Force: "We have initiated actions to furlough all civilian employees that are not directly related to national security. The challenge with this is we believe all our civilian employees and military members are critical to our mission."

More than 800,000 U.S. civilian workers have been furloughed. That is expected to last until the government shutdown ends.

By: Eames Yates
October 1, 2013

Valdosta, GA - 250 civilian employees have been furloughed. That is more than half of the roughly 450 civilian employees that work on base.

Maintenance, administrative and food service sectors are among those hit.

Press Release: Moody Air Force Base

10/1/2013 - MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., -- As a result of Congress failing to approve a budget or continuing resolution, the government shut down Oct. 1.

Military personnel on active duty and mission-essential Department of Defense civilians will continue working while civilians who support non-accepted activities will be placed on emergency no-notice and unpaid furlough.

Military personnel will be expected to take up additional duties in the absence of furloughed civilians.

The Child Development Center, Youth Programs and the base exchange will remain open. However, the commissary will be closed indefinitely starting Oct. 2.

The medical clinic will also remain open for acute and emergency support, but all elective care will be cancelled.

"I want you to know that each and every member of Team Moody is important, regardless of their status under a furlough," said U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Ramer, 23d Wing vice commander. "This is extremely disruptive to the Air Force, but we anticipate this will be quickly resolved and pledge to do all we can to assist you and your families during this difficult time."

Airmen who find themselves in financial difficulties are encouraged to contact their chain of command for information on financial aid organizations.

During the government shutdown, the Moody Web site will not be updated; however, more information will be posted as it becomes available on the Moody Official Facebook page here.

Additional government shutdown and budget news can also be found on the official U.S. AIr Force Web at www.af.mil.

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