Letter to the Workforce: We can get through whatever lies ahead|
Posted 2/21/2013 Updated 2/21/2013
by Col. Mitchel Butikofer
2/21/2013 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Team Robins
As most of you are aware, the Department of Defense formally notified Congress Thursday that should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, it will be forced to furlough most of its civilian workforce for as many as 22 days this fiscal year.
However, it also reiterated that if furloughs are implemented, all affected employees will be provided at least 30 days' notice, and their benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible.
While everything is still speculation at this point, if you have not already done so, I urge you to begin contingency planning in the event furloughs are directed. Furloughed employees would see about a 20 percent reduction in their pay.
At the same time, I want to reiterate to you that you are immensely valuable to the defense of our country and your dedication is unmatched. As a team we can get through whatever lies ahead.
If you need assistance, our Employee Assistance Program managers are here for you. You can call Jamie Tillit at 327-7577 or Lynn Irvine at 327-7683, or reach assistance 24/7 at 1-800-222-0364 or 1-888-262-7848 (TTY).
Additionally, our Airman and Family Readiness Center has many beneficial programs available and can be reached at 926-1256.
Continue to be good wingmen to one another.