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Federal furloughs: The impact at Oklahoma military bases

At installations such as Tinker Air Force and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, critical functions performed primarily by civilians essentially will cease on selected days through September
Oklahoman Modified: July 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm •  Published: July 7, 2013
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Tinker Air Force Base

Workers affected

About 14,000

Impact

Most workers will be furloughed on Fridays. Aircraft maintenance essentially will stop on furlough days as officials have determined that the most effective schedule to minimize these impacts is to have the majority of depot maintenance personnel furloughed on the same day.

Additionally, there can be no overtime during the furlough period, so the furloughs are expected to generate at least a 20 percent loss in production during the furlough period.

Major flying units associated with the base will continue to observe relatively normal duty schedules.

Steps to help workers

Base officials are “continuing to leverage every available resource, both on-base and in the community, to minimize the financial burdens caused by the loss in pay. Our Airman and Family Readiness Center is the focal point for providing support to impacted employees. The center offers several programs such as financial readiness and budget planning classes, chaplain counseling and family advocacy support is also available.”

Altus Air Force Base

Workers affected

1,035

Impact

Most functions at the pilot training base will continue normal operations but at reduced capacity. Furlough days primarily will impact flight training operations but the entire organization will be affected to some degree, according to a base spokeswoman. Units have been allowed to implement furlough days in a manner that is best for the entire organization.

Steps to help workers

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center staff has conducted numerous classes to educate employees on ways to alleviate some of the financial stress. Squadron and wing support agencies are organizing food lockers and other avenues of support. The City of Altus has provided numerous programs to assist.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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