WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) - Retired U.S. Air Force Major Charles Winham put it this way, "It was a really great deal. It was almost like the rug was pulled out from under me there."
Retired Air Force Major Charles Winham should be working in California right now. Instead, he's still at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base forced to take three-day weekends which amount to a 20% cut in his pay.
"About the time I was completing the process for the orders I was advised the civilian moves are no longer funded and that would have come with a lot of benefits that would have helped me out," Winham told 2 NEWS.
Winham had put in for a lateral move to San Diego as a civilian defense worker. He was accepted and with the deal came help to sell his house. However, due to automatic defense cuts he had to take on the costs associated with selling his home.
Winham said, "Where it is kind of painful for me is I'm divorced and I'm having to pay quite a bit in spousal support." He plans to try to get it reduced by putting his attorney back on retainer.
Right now he faces eleven unpaid Fridays, but he and others hear the furloughs might go past September.
2 NEWS asked Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown about that and he said, "I don't know. I fear they might. I don't want to alarm people, but unless we can move forward with the budget, the Senate has passed a budget, the House won't move on it, I don't want to finger point but I want to come up with solutions and a couple of solutions are ending these tax giveaways to Wall Street hedge fund managers and to oil companies so we have the money to pay to end this sequestration and end these furloughs."
Brown voted for the Budget Control Act which authorized sequestration, now it admits he's sorry he did.
For now, Winham concentrates on his blessings. Not only is his Air Force retirement serving as a second income, he's working on the F-35 which is considered the most advanced fighter in the world, something the U.S. is unlikely to scrap altogether.
Winham told 2 NEWS he does not speak for of the U.S. Air Force, and he understands the need for national spending cuts. In fact, he said he sees people at the base who are "underemployed."
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