Furlough notices are hitting more than 500 civil service employees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base starting this week. The action stems from a round of Congressionally-mandated sequestration cuts.
Select members of the Air Force Reserve in Cobb County will be furloughed one day a week for a total of 88 work hours, or 11 workdays, beginning July 8 and lasting until Sep. 30.
"Although these cuts will be very difficult on our civilian employees," Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander said.
"We've planned for this and tried to minimize the effects the furloughs will have on the readiness of our force."
Affected employees include those serving as C-130 aircrew and maintainers, financial management specialists, legal clerks and civil engineers among others.
In addition, starting June 30, the Dobbins ARB airfield will open 30 minutes later each day in order to reduce operating costs for the base's flying mission.
"Fiscal constraints such as this are a fact of life for those who wear the uniform today," Tarchick said.
Sequestration, signed into law as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, is a package of mandated cuts to the federal budget, totaling some $1.2 trillion over 10 years of which some $85 billion takes effect in fiscal 2013.
Pentagon officials originally planned to furlough employees for up to 22 days, but then reduced that number in March to 11 days following passage of a final 2013 spending bill that provided more spending flexibility.