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Indiana National Guard Could Face Furloughs Because of Sequester

2/21/2013

If the federal government fails to reach a budget agreement and the sequester happens, the Indiana National Guard is among several entities that would feel the effect.

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Public Affairs Officer Lieutenant Colonel Cathy Van Bree says 1,000 personnel within the Indiana National Guard full-time workforce would go on furlough. Van Bree says that furlough would equate to one un-paid day or leave a week from mid April to mid-September. The personnel in question would be aircraft and ground maintainers.

Van Bree says the dropped days would created a decreased readiness level for the Guard with deferred and delayed maintenance. VanBree says although the readiness level would be decreased, the furlough would not affect the National Guard's ability to respond to a state or national emergency.

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