Furloughs to hit more than 6,000 military workers

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas military officials are juggling schedules and changing plans to accommodate furloughs of more than 6,000 civilian employees because of federal budget cuts.

The staff to be idled starting this summer ranges from operations and logistics employees with the Kansas National Guard to instructors at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Furloughs are necessary because of automatic federal spending cuts that took effect in March, which forced the Department of Defense to adjust staffing and operations. The cuts are in addition to already planned reductions related to cutting the Army by about 80,000 soldiers by 2017.

The impact in Kansas also will be felt at Fort Riley, home to the Army’s 1st Infantry Division and nearly 18,000 soldiers and their families.


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