Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Gregory
FORT STEWART (WTOC) -
There is some good news for the civilian employees on Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. There are fewer mandated furlough days.
At the weekly staff meeting Wednesday, Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Gregory proudly announced the reduction in furloughs for civillain employees. Just on Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, the installation was looking at a 30 percent reduction in the budget, a result of the sequestration and a continuing resolution.
Thanks to savings and the ability to reprogram funds from the Department of Defense, the 11 furlough days for civillivan employees has been reduced to six. While fiscal year 2014 still presents challenges with regards to the Budget Control Act, Gregory said some confidence has been restored.
"I think everybody had a little faith in the government or at least the Department of Army and the teams and leadership that they would find the money somewhere and be able to turn it around. And that's what they did in the end," he said.
Civilian employees say this was good news to receive. However, there is still some concern about next year.
"In looking into 2014, we have to be realistic and have expectations that we will see cuts in the future and we have to start planning now personally as well as professionally," said Travis Mobley, a civilian employee at Fort Stewart.
For most civlian employees, the furloughs will end Aug. 17.