FORT RUCKER, Ala. – On Tuesday, Fort Rucker’s Department of the Army (DA) Civilians, approximately 2200 personnel, began receiving notifications of a proposed unpaid furlough to take effect beginning on or about early to mid July 2013.
The furlough will impact the Fort Rucker civilian workforce across a three-month period from July through September, one day per week without pay for a total of 11 days. The furlough will impact all DA civilians across the installation no matter their pay grade, position or organization with few exemptions.
Currently the only approved exemptions are the civilian employees at our Child Development Centers, Non-Appropriated Fund Employees and our sexual assault/sexual response personnel.
However, the Army has given local leadership the further latitude to exempt the areas where life/safety/health could be affected or areas that could affect our mission here. Those are still being determined.
You may see a slowdown in some service areas but the intent is to keep essential services open. We ask that anyone utilizing our services to please be patient. While we will strive to maintain our current level of support, items like getting an ID card or the possible need to reduce availability of the Faulkner and Newton gates may become necessary during the furlough time period.
The Commissary will be closed on Monday and Tuesday during the furlough period; however, the Army Air Force Exchange is currently set to keep its regular hours. We will do our best to keep the community informed of any changes.
In an effort to assist Fort Rucker’s civilian employee population, Army Community Service has developed some financial counseling specifically for a furlough situation.
“Our deepest concern is for the well being of those civil servants, who for that past 11 years have stood beside their active duty counterparts during the prosecution of two wars. Their efforts are a critical component to the high quality of the Aviation Soldiers that learn here and we could not do what we do without them," said Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, Commander, USAACE and Fort Rucker.
When budget uncertainty due to sequestration began earlier this year, we looked hard to find efficiencies by working with our higher headquarters. This has allowed us to be able to train our current fiscal year student training load. As we have said from the beginning of this current budget situation, everything is very fluid and changes are to be expected.