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Cutbacks for civilian employees at NAS Pensacola
PENSACOLA -- The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training is laying off some of its instructors because of budget cuts for operations and maintenance.
Since 2006, contracted aviation instructors from Florida State College have trained more than 47,000 students aboard NAS Pensacola. Well as of October- many of those instructors will be out of work.
It's going to be tough for Haley Wingard's family to pay their bills in just a few months. Her step dad, Aaron Cleveland, is one of the instructors who are going to be laid off.
"Kind of disappointed, he was a marine for 20 years, he doesn't deserve to have rug pulled out beneath him, disappointed,” said Wingard.
The instructors teach more than 20 courses for the Naval Air Technical Training Center. They teach things like avionics, air traffic control and maintenance.
According to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, they will be replaced by military personnel from Naval Aviation Training sites around the country.
"That’s how they've gotten their livelihood for x amount of years, to take that away from them, just isn't fair."
When things like this happen, it puts all contractors on guard. Jeremy Lao is the union president for machinery contractors on base, and he says everyone is worried.
"We don't know what's going to happen, with the cuts that have come through already and the cuts that are going to come through in October, everyone is uneasy because we don't know how that's going to affect us,” Lao said.
We made several calls asking how many instructors will be laid off and if any other contractors will be impacted but no one would answer those questions.