FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - 88th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel Cassie Barlow says the mood at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is like many of the hallways in Central Command - dark. With automatic budget cuts mandated by sequestration kicking-in, Barlow says it may get worse before it gets better.
"Unfortunately were at the last resort," she said. "We're there and we're living it everyday now."
The sequestration started on March 1 and it's a 10 year deal and Barlow anticipates a 10 percent cut every year for each of those years.
"So when you've already been cut down to the bone, which is pretty much where we are over previous cuts, you start to think you've got to change the way you do business."
Barlow says business is changing as a majority of the 10,000 civilian employees forced to take one furlough day off a week for 11 weeks are choosing either Monday or Friday.
"Tuesdays through Thursdays are going to be very busy, so were going to try to cram as much as we can into those three days," Barlow said. "I know that we are trying our best to maintain our readiness, but certainly our readiness has taken a hit."
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