Robins Air Force Base won't see a dramatic decline in planes coming into the Georgia base for overhauls. In March, base officials announced that as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, 28 fewer planes would be coming in for overhaul this fiscal year. However, officials now say only one plane will be delayed to the next fiscal year.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Georgia, 8th) was one of a minority of Republicans who voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011. As civilian Defense Department employees undergo unpaid furloughs, Scott says Congress must reverse the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Commanders at Fort Stewart are trying to prepare Army families for a blow to services with more than 2,800 civilian workers expected to begin taking furlough days next month. Brig. Gen. John Hort and other leaders planned a town hall meeting Friday for those who live and work on Fort Stewart.
Authorities say federal budget cuts have trimmed about 75 slots from the JROTC Cadet Challenge Camp at Fort Benning in west Georgia, but 310 students will still take part in the week-long event. Students from about 30 schools will take part in the June 10-14 events, which include rappelling, water safety, and obstacle courses.
Six elementary schools and a middle school at Fort Benning will close for up to five days in September because of teacher furloughs. Department of Defense Education Activity director Marilee Fitzgerald said the furloughs will affect some 11,000 educators working in the nine-month category throughout the department.
Georgia military bases and contractors are not the only ones feeling the pinch of the sequester. The state’s top universities are seeing federal research grants slashed as a result of the across the board federal funding cuts. And that’s threatening not only important fields of study, but also high-paying jobs.
The National Parks Service will begin asking Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area visitors to carry their own trash out of the park beginning in April. The move is a response to automatic federal spending cuts.
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced five Georgia airport traffic control towers are slated to close because of automatic spending cuts. Federal officials Friday released a list of 149 contract towers that will be impacted by the spending cuts