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While many will watch Washington closely March 1st to see what could happen with sequestration, some employees at Robins Air Force Base say they are concerned about furloughs and drop in pay.

13WMAZ went to McCall's, a lunch spot that's close to the base, on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins.

The Kirklands, who are both civilian employees at RAFB, come often to McCall's. They have a 13-year tradition of going out to eat lunch together, but that could change if sequestration happens.
 
"We're going to look at things like going out to lunch together possibly taking our lunch, not eating out as much things like that," said Ken Kirkland.

If sequestration hits Robins Air Force Base, the Stricklands estimate they would lose 20 percent of their income.

Civilian employees could take one furlough day a week for 22 weeks starting at the end of April.

Base Commander Colonel Mitch Butikofer sent a letter this week warning staff about the pay cut.

"I thought somebody was joking, I was like what and then they showed me the article," said Ruth Kirkland.

"One of my employees ran up to me in tears and said she learned that there was going to be furlough and that she was really concerned," said Kathy Green.

And it's not just base employees that are bracing for the impact. Ken McCall, the owner of the McCall's said he thinks cuts could affect his bottomline.

"Sixty to seventy percent of my daily business comes off of the base either civilian employees, contractors, or someone in that nature," said McCall. "Yes I'm worried that I will be directly affected."

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