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Furloughs Hit Base

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Furloughs blamed on federal budget trimming have begun to hit Minot Air Force Base.

Thousands of military and civilian workers across the nation have been ordered to reduce their hours by 20%.

That means taking one day off - without pay - per week.

At Minot Air Force Base,

492 civilian employees and contractors are being affected by sequestration.

Major Jamison Braun is the Commander of the 5th Support Squadron.

Braun says with two nuclear missions at Minot Air Force Base the military is "re-utilizing" personal to ensure the integrity of those missions.

Braun says the service side of the base will see a noticeable change during these times of "cut-backs."

(Major Jamison Braun, Commander 5th Support Squadron) "We're trying really hard to be flexible in our service capabilities in providing the services to the airmen. On the Commissary side currently they are always shut down just for their stocking on Mondays but with the furlough days this now impacts closures on Mondays and Tuesdays which then has a domino affect to all the other employees."

Braun says other services such as contractor support, restaurants, swimming pool and the Golf Course are funding through non-appropriated funds which are exempt from sequestration.

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