Fort Riley set to furlough some civilians

Fort Riley Summerall Hall
FILE - An unidentified soldier walks out of Summerall Hall on post at Fort Riley, Kan., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. Summerall Hall is headquarters for the 1st Infantry Division. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) — Officials at Fort Riley have announced plans to furlough about one-third of the civilian workforce at the northeast Kansas Army post to save money this year.

The plan follows this week’s decision by the Defense Department to proceed with federal furloughs amid budget shortfalls.

Fort Riley officials on Friday said about 2,400 civilians will be furloughed for 11 nonconsecutive days beginning in mid- to late July. Those affected are paid with funds appropriated by Congress. Contractors and civilians who are paid from other sources will be exempt.

Post officials say there will be little to no effect on some services.

But others will be slowed or reduced, including air traffic control at Marshall Army Airfield. Visitors are likely to see slower responses in such services as in-processing and housing.

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