Sequestration cuts will effect Dobbins Air Reserve base - CBS46 News

Sequestration cuts will effect Dobbins Air Reserve base

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The clock is ticking for civilian workers at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. If Congress can't work out a deal to end sequestration soon, hundreds of people will be forced to tighten their belts.

"Sequestration requires that all military services and civilians workers be furloughed by an average of one day per week for 22 weeks," said Capt. Patrick Simmons, with the United States Air Force Reserves. "This will result in a 20 percent cut in pay for our civilian employees so it obviously is going to hurt the pocketbook of people."

The cuts will affect about 600 people who carry out a variety of missions.

"It is going to impact all aspects of our base from writing checks in finance, to turning wrenches on planes," said Simmons. 

But government officials said sequestration will not affect security, it will, however, restrict access to the base.

"What we are planning to do is take one day a week where the entire base is shut down mostly on Fridays and most aspects of the base will be shut down on that Friday throughout the furlough," said Simmons.

The cuts are scheduled to go into effect April 25.

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