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Civilian to receive Furlough notices
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- The furloughs mean civilian workers will take a twenty percent pay cut for six months.
People are bracing for the impact, far beyond the gates of the base.
Laura Hussey "About 5700 workers will be taking those mandatory unpaid days off, and that's just here at Eglin Air Force Base and at Hurlburt Field. They'll get a thirty day notice, then the furloughs will begin no earlier than April 21"
The details of the furloughs like which days employees will have to stay home, will be based on the workflow of each unit.
Michelle Murphy/FWB "I did not think it would happen that fast. I really thought it would take a lot longer to get to our area"
The furloughs are planned to last six months.
The owner of Bob's Bicycles doesn't think it will affect his store too much but his wife is a defense worker dealing with a lot of uncertainty.
Jeremy Keeney "It always seems to be up in the air as to how long it's going to last, if it's even going to happen"
Magnolia Grill owner Tom Rice says he's already had banquet cancellations from some military groups, and worries the furloughs might force him to trim employee's hours.
Tom Rice "I think as taxpayers, we all want to tighten up the ship, save money. The reality is, sometimes it can hurt us down here that are benefitting from some of those things that are being spent"
Laura Hussey "Brigadier General David Harris says they're trying to handle the impact of the furloughs and all those other cuts at places like the hospital or the air traffic control tower wit minimal disruptions to operations.