FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 Indiana National Guard members would
face temporary furloughs if automatic federal spending cuts take effect next
Unless Congress heads off the cuts set for March 1, The Journal Gazette
reports some 1,000 Indiana Guard members would lose one day’s work, and pay,
each week for 22 weeks. That would cost them at least $7 million in wages.
Indiana Air National Guard spokesman Master Sgt. Darin Hubble says about 170
full-time personnel at the Air National Guard’s base in Fort Wayne would be
furloughed. That’s more than half of the 122nd Fighter Wing’s full-time
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that if the spending cuts kick
in he might have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the
Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.