Fort Drum Officials Work To Reduce Impact Of Furloughs
Fort Drum's garrison commander says furloughs for the post's civilian employees will affect training, but the 10th Mountain Division will still be ready for deployment.
Col. Gary Rosenberg appeared live Tuesday on 7 News This Morning. Click on the picture for the full interview.
Because of the federal budget cutbacks known as sequestration, 1,800 civilian employees face losing one day of work each week for 11 weeks starting in July.
That translates to about a 20 percent pay cut for those weeks. Most of those employees, Rosenberg said, will be off on Fridays.
Rosenberg said the cuts will affect "just about everything" at Fort Drum.
Everything, he said, from the commissary to the training ranges.
"That's a critical point," Rosenberg said of the training, noting that Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division are still at war.
"We've got three brigades that are deployed right now and the remainder of the division will most likely deploy sometime later this year or early next year."
That means soldiers have to be trained.
Because the number of furlough days started at 22, were reduced to 18 and now to 11, "we've had additional time to adjust our training schedules so that we can work around those Fridays that will be off," the colonel said.
"I think through proper planning, we've been successful trying to mitigate that negative impact on training," Rosenberg said.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, Watertown, NY