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Furloughs at Fort Stewart, HAAF begin this week

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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

A number of civilian employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will not be going to work one day this week. Three months of one-day-a-week furloughs have begun.

The Pass and Permit Office at Fort Stewart may have had customers Monday, but Tuesday, the doors will be shut.

"We chose Tuesday because it is the least impact for our customers. That tends to be our slowest business day," says Susan Chipple.

Starting this week, on Tuesdays, the Pass and Permit Office along with the rifle and archery range will be closed due to furloughs.

"It creates a lot of stress on them. Customers coming, they cant get the information that they need. They choose to go hunting or fishing on a given day or morning, and they cant get that information," says Chipple.

Only the civilians will have to take furlough days, however, the soldiers on the post say some of the closures will create a major inconvenience.

For soldier Daniel Peters, he says his time is limited and having this facility closed makes finding the time even harder.

"It's an inconvenience at best. To come out on certain days, like right now I'm on lunch break, or just the end of the day, you don't have a lot of time you can do this," says Peters.

Also on Tuesdays, the commissary will be closed. Most of the closures, however, will be on Fridays.

Even the installation's Chief of Media Relations will be affected by these furloughs.

"The work does not go away," says Kevin Larson. "It will still be there. We will have to do what we do in five in four."

These furlough days will cost civilian employees about 20 percent of their salary per pay period and will last through September 30.  

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