Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fort Hood cuts could hit training and operations

Fort Hood cuts could hit training and operations, lead to civilian furloughs
By Juan Castillo
American-Statesman Staff
March 1, 2013

FORT HOOD — More than 5,200 civilian workers at Fort Hood face possible furloughs, and operations and training would be reduced at the Army post under deep, across-the-board federal spending cuts that President Barack Obama authorized Friday night.

The spending cuts won’t affect uniformed soldiers, however, because military personnel are exempt, as are Social Security and Medicare.

The realities of the cuts, known as sequestration, came into focus as the president, who opposed the spending cuts, signed the order putting them into effect Friday night after Congress failed to reach a deal to stave them off.
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