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Civilian Employees Potentially Affected By Military Budget Cuts

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President Obama signed an order, Friday, required by law that sets in motion the automatic, government-wide cuts known as the "Sequester."

These indiscriminate budget cuts are affecting everything from education to social programs; but, perhaps the largest impact here at home is the potential furlough of all Department of Defense employees.

How does that transfer into salary loss here at home?

Between Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity – Panama City, roughly 2700 Department of Defense civilian employees could soon feel the sting of sequestration.

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this will cause pain.

"I know that these budget cuts will cause pain, particularly among our civilian workforce and their families. I'm also concerned," said Hagel.

The reductions could lead to employee pay slashed by 20% and force one-day-a-week furloughs for 22 weeks, beginning in April.

"One person not available to do their appointed job is going to be a problem," said Anglin.

Naval Support Activity Commander, Anthony Anglin said his small but necessary civilian workforce is essential part to keeping the base in top form.

"They are out best asset. The great things that happen on this base don't happen without their diligence and their professionalism," said Anglin.

Based on the 2012 fiscal year, naval support activity's 1800 civilian employees earned a total of 149.1 million dollars last year.

Breaking it down using that figure, these April to September furloughs could result in 12.6 million dollars lost from total civilian pay.

At Tyndall Air Force Base, an estimated 918 civilian employees could lose approximately 7.1 million dollars for the remainder of the fiscal year.

While these are only estimates, its tough news to break to those affected.

"Bottom Line, their livelihoods are going to be affected. The ability to provide our complete list of services, to the tenant commands could be affected," said Anglin.

Now they wait. Like any good military force, they look to Washington to take orders from their superiors and learn just what happens next.