FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- Thousands of civilians who work for the Army at Fort Benning are bracing for a painful pay cut starting next month.
Reports say furlough notices were sent in the past week to about 4,000 civilian employees at the Army post in west Georgia.
Fort Benning commanders say most civilians will be forced to take 11 unpaid days off starting July 8. They'll take one furlough day per week until the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
Col. Jeffrey Fletcher, garrison commander at Fort Benning, says the cutbacks could force security changes at access control points and might close the commissary one day each week.
The furloughs resulted from the automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in when Congress and the president failed to agree on a cost-cutting plan.