The old air traffic control tower at Dobbins ARB is dismantled. (Dobbins ARB)
MARIETTA, GA -- Officials at Dobbins Air Reserve Base started issuing furlough notices to more than 500 civil service employees Friday.
The furloughs, according to a release, are due to federal sequestration cuts.
The employees will be furloughed one day per week from July 8 through September 30.
"This is a very difficult position for us, but we're going to continue doing what we can to carry out our mission safely and provide C-130 airlift whenever and wherever it's needed," said Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander. "Although these cuts will be very difficult on our civilian employees, we've planned for this and tried to minimize the effects the furloughs will have on the readiness of our force."
According to the release, those affected will include employees serving as C-130 crew and maintainers, financial management specialists, legal clerks and civil engineers.
The base will also open 30 minutes later each day beginning June 30, in order to reduce base operating costs.
"Fiscal constraints such as this are a fact of life for those who wear the uniform today," said Tarchick.