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Westover Furloughs to Begin July 8


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Hundreds of civilian workers at Westover are set to begin their 11-day furloughs in early July.

In a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released by Westover, he says that “After required notifications, we will begin the furlough period on July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week for most personnel.”

Hagel goes on to say that the furloughs, which are part of Department of Defense-wide budget cuts due to the Sequester, will continue until the end of the fiscal year.

“I have made this decision very reluctantly, because I know that the furloughs will disrupt lives and impact DoD operations. I recognize the significant hardship this places on you and your families,” Hagel adds.

Col. Steven Vautrain, Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover, says, “We’ve been preparing for this – and though the number is less than the 22 originally planned, 11 days is 11 days too many. We are a strong and resilient wing, and we’ll get through this as we continue to perform our mission to the best of our abilities.”

More than 700 civilian workers are at Westover, including about 450 dual-status Air Force air reserve technicians.

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