Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Local News

July 5, 2013

Budget cuts force furloughs at Grissom

Employees will lose $1.5 million in salaries this year

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE — More than 470 civilian employees at Grissom Air Reserve Base will be forced to take unpaid furlough days starting Monday due to federal cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense budget.

Lt. Col. Gary Lockard, public information officer at Grissom, said civilian defense employees at the base must take 11 unpaid furlough days between July 8 and Sept. 30. The unpaid days will reduce pay for employees by about 20 percent over the furlough period, according to the DOD.

The furloughs for defense employees are the result of congressionally mandated budget cuts, more commonly known as sequestration, to federal agencies. The cuts will trim more than $30 billion from the armed forces’ annual budget for fiscal year 2013.

In most instances, employees will be furloughed for one eight-hour period each week for the remainder of the fiscal year. Lockard said the days of the week in which furlough periods are taken will vary among employees based on mission requirements.

“For us, it’s a matter of still flying planes and getting missions done while meeting furlough requirements,” Lockard said.

The furlough will cost Grissom workers $1.5 million in salary, an average of more than $3,100 per worker, according to DOD estimates.

While the mandated furlough will affect most DOD employees at Grissom, Lockard said some workers whose jobs are deemed essential for the protection of life and property are exempt, including security personnel or those currently deployed overseas or who will be deployed later this year.

The original furlough plan announced by the DOD earlier this year called for 22 furlough days. That number was reduced to 11 by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • timthumb.jpg INDOT to install curbs on Markland

    Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been scheduled to install traffic separator curbs between opposing lanes of State Road 22/Markland Avenue during the week of April 28. Placement of the highly visible manufactured curbing is

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Farmers Market 01 Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market gets facelift Pint-sized gardeners made homemade Chia Pets at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers' Market Saturday morning while their parents shopped for homegrown produce nearby. The kids packed grass seeds and dirt inside the disposable socks you get at shoe stores. Th

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEMA grants disaster aid to Tipton County The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid temperatures. Governor Mike Pence received word Tuesday that FEMA had granted his appeal for fede

    April 23, 2014

  • Native American inmate sues Miami Correctional Facility BUNKER HILL - A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 23, 2014

  • Take Back the Night 17 Crowd rallies around domestic violence victims Doran Gwyn vividly remembers the night his stepdad came home from work and sat down at the table for supper. "He looked at the meal and said, 'What is this,'" Gwyn recalled. Then he took a bowl of food and smashed it against the ceiling in a rage and

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Tipton commission appointments get tangled up in confusion Months of confusion over a pair of appointments to two economic development commissions in Tipton County appear to be coming to an end, but not without its share of confusion. Single appointments to both the Tipton County Economic Development Commiss

    April 23, 2014

  • FEMA OKs aid for Tipton, 18 counties, but not Howard Co.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings.

    April 22, 2014

  • Energy-saving program powering down this year Ever wonder how energy efficient your house is? You can find out. For free. But not for long. Energizing Indiana, a 2-year-old initiative of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, offers any homeowner in the state a free energy assessment for the

    April 22, 2014

  • Ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday “Help save the planet.” It’s a common phrase that sounds impossible to most of us. After all, what can one person really do to make an impact on the huge environmental issues facing people all over the world? But going green doesn't have to be a daun

    April 22, 2014

  • Broken blades worry residents

    Two broken turbine blades in the past three months have citizens in Tipton County concerned about the safety of the Wildcat Wind Farm. Monday's Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting provided a forum for residents to speak out, some in favor of

    April 22, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries