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Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio

Eileen Pace

Joint Base San Antonio has been working with its civilian workers to communicate the military’s instructions if sequestration kicks in this Friday.

A 20 percent across-the-board cut includes furloughs of federal employees at all military bases across the country.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the furloughs are part-time.

Joint Base San Antonio Spokesman Brent Boller said the sequester will cut $1.2 trillion from government spending, and about half of that will be cuts in Department of Defense spending.

"The military services have been directed to plan for furloughs and that they have been told to plan to furlough their DOD employees one day per week over the course of up to 22 weeks," Boller said, including that the cuts are consistent through each department.

Joint Base officials met with employees via town hall meetings at Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Friday and at Randolph on Monday.

Joint Base San Antonio is the largest joint base in the Department of Defense, operating more than 200 missions out of Fort Sam, Lackland, Randolph and Camp Bullis.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.