Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:
Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde
Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (5/31/13) – Half of the Colorado National Guard total full-time workforce of 1,438 Soldiers and Airmen have been sent notice of time off without pay due to Department of Defense directed furlough triggered by sequestration.
Furlough notices were sent to full-time Colorado National Guard technicians May 30.
These 719 full-time Colorado National Guard employees will be subjected to 88 hours without pay, equating to a 20 percent loss in wages from the start of the furlough period July 9, through the end of the fiscal year Sept 30.
“The Defense Department’s furlough will have an impact on the Colorado National Guard’s long term readiness,” said Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, who commands the Colorado National Guard.
The men and women of the Colorado National Guard are the first military responders in domestic emergencies such as the High Park and Waldo Canyon wildfires in 2012, the blizzards of 2006-07, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, airport security following the 9/11 attacks, and dozens of search-and-rescue missions every year. These are all in addition to the more than 7,000 Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen who have deployed in support of overseas contingency operations since Sept. 11, 2001.
The National Guard is structured to rely heavily on a technician workforce. The primary role of the full-time force is to ensure that the remaining 4,087 members of the part time force are trained to standards.
“I’m acutely aware of the impact this will have on our service members and their families, and we will work diligently to ensure that their families are cared for,” Edwards said.
Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who anticipate a significant financial impact may be able to acquire some relief via charitable organizations, such as the Colorado National Guard Foundation.More information about this mandatory furlough is available at the Office of Personnel Management.
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