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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Vance Air Force Base

Workers affected

242

Impact

Vance's primary mission of training world class pilots should go uninterrupted, according to a base spokesman. Some customer service functions will be affected, though supervisors can stagger furlough scheduling to reduce the impact.

Steps to help workers

The Force Support Squadron has developed various support tools. Airman and Family Readiness is available to do one-on-one financial counseling and classes to teach financial planning and budgeting. Vance mental health staff will provide classes on stress management. Civilian Personnel and Marketing has developed an informational brochure which provides a listing of base and local support resources.

Fort Sill

Workers affected

About 2,800

Impact

Most facilities will remain open at the artillery training base, though at reduced capacity, affecting everything from medical services to gate operations.

Steps to help workers

The Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program has a number of resources for civilian employees from financial management training to financial counseling and coaching. Free financial classes are also available at Fort Sill National Bank and Credit Union.

McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

Workers affected

1,260 at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant unit. There are 300 civilians at other organizations at the plant.

Impact

Functions at the weapons manufacturing plant essentially will cease on Thursdays and Fridays, which are the furlough days. According to a plant spokesman, the great majority of the workforce will work their 32 hours Monday through Wednesday. Some will work Tuesday through Thursday and some will work another schedule. Staffing for emergency services will be reduced during the furlough days based on the number of employees working at the plant.

Steps to help workers

Former plant commander held a series of town hall meetings with employees encouraging them to take financial steps to prepare for the furlough days. Various plant offices have been answering individual questions.

Chris Casteel,

Washington Bureau


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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