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Furloughs affect military bases around the Heartland

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Fort Leonard Wood will have about 3,400 employees on furlough. Fort Leonard Wood will have about 3,400 employees on furlough.
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Starting Monday, 650,000 Department of Defense employees were put on furlough nationwide.

Employees are required to take 11 days off without pay before September 21.

Civilian workers at military bases around the Heartland are being affected by the furlough.

Fort Leonard Wood will have about 3,400 employees on furlough. Tiffany Wood with the Fort Leonard Wood public affairs office says people from a variety of departments are affected.

"It ranges across the installation from public affairs to the hospital," Wood said. "Our core mission here is training soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and we are going to continue that mission. There will be an impact to operations but I'm confident that all agencies across Fort Leonard Wood have worked together to determine the best operating procedures for the installation."

About 4,500 employees will be affected at Scott Air Force base and about 5,900 at Fort Knox.

Wood says most people are taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks.

The furloughs are expected to save $1.8 billion in defense spending, just a fraction of the $40 billion that the Department of Defense has to cut.

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