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Shortened work weeks begin Monday at Youngstown Air Base

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VIENNA TWP., Ohio - Men and women who work at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station begin feeling the effects of government cuts on Monday.

That's when the 400 civilian personnel assigned to the base begin shortened work weeks to account  for the congressionally mandated sequestration, which requires certain government agencies to reduce spending.

A news release from the Air Reserve Station says  that involuntary furlough days are scheduled on Mondays, beginning July 15 until August 26.

Another designated furlough day is also scheduled on September 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day for a total of eight weeks.

The designated furlough days will save additional resources including lights, air conditioning, etc. according to the news release.

The release says that during the designated furlough days, services usually available to Department of Defense cardholders, such as I. D. card issue/renewal, access to the fitness center, Base Exchange, the Community Activity Center and Retiree Activities Office will not be available.

Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing Commander, says Security and Fire assets will continue to provide resource protection on the furlough days.

In addition to the eight scheduled designated furlough days, the release says the 910th's civilian employees will need to schedule additional "floating" furlough days.

However, services will be available during the "floating" furlough days.

"The 910th will continue to carry out our airlift and aerial spray missions with the resources available to us. However, one non-working day per week for our affected personnel during the 11-week furlough will obviously impact mission readiness," said Col. Dignan. "The sequester-driven furloughs strain our most important asset, our people. The civilian personnel here at YARS will suffer a 20 percent loss in pay that will cause hardship for many. Additionally, this pay loss will likely mean a reduction in our economic impact on the local community during this fiscal year."

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