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Defense furloughs cut from 11 to 6 days

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Good news for civilian defense workers in the Midstate: The number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to 6.

For the last month, thousands of Midstaters have been forced to work four-day work weeks. It is part of federal budget cuts that have trickled down to the local level.

That includes civilian employees and students at the Army War College in Carlisle.

U.S. defense officials said there is a little more money in the budget than they originally thought. Now, civilian workers across the Midstate will have six unpaid days this summer, as opposed to 11. The original plan was to furlough workers for 22 days.

Major General Tony Cucolo, the man in charge at the Army War College, said the furloughs have not only affected civilian workers, but also the people who rely on Army War College services such as veterans programs and summer classes.

Cucolo said there is only one furlough day left, which is next week, and business should be back to normal at the Army War College beginning the week of August 19.

"They were true professionals through all of this," Cucolo said. "I want everyone to know that we do not take that for granted and no one else should either. We do not want this to happen again if we can help it."

The reduction also applies to civilian DOD workers at Fort Indiantown Gap, Letterkenny Army Depot, Mechanicsburg Navy Depot, and the Defense Logistics Agency in New Cumberland.

 

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