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Base Leaders Discuss Sequestration Effects

Hundreds filed into the theater at Houston Lake Cinemas in Warner Robins Wednesday, but not to see a film.
They gathered to listen and ask questions about sequestration.

Leaders from Robins Air Force Base gave a presentation for over an hour outlining cuts to specific missions.

Many asked questions and while leaders could answer some, others won't be known until a trickle effect occurs.

Retired Major General Robert McMahon said, "We are where we are with sequestration, not because an act of God, but by an act of omission by federal leadership."

Furlough notices will be handed out the week of March 21st through the 25th, and the furloughed period will begin after April 25th, extending over eleven pay periods through September.

And with the base scaling back,  Fred Wilson wanted to know what's going to happen to services for retired military.

Leaders said the base exchange and commissaries will not be affected by the cuts, although the commissary could close one day a week.  But cuts to lodging, longer wait times for base admission, and cuts involving the base hospital should be expected. 

Budget cuts won't just affect the base.

"We would be looking at cuts in all the titles which would be our economically disadvantaged children, professional learning, English language learners, migrant education. These type of things will be cut," says Houston County Superintendent, Robin Hines.

He says they've been preparing for cuts and doesn't foresee teacher furloughs. And says he's more concerned about the damage base furloughs will have on the community.

Even though many answers were unknown at the meeting, Wilson says he's glad base leaders reached out.

"Now that we know that sequestration is upon us, they're being proactive and speaking to the community to assure the community."

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