Sequestration's Impact on Sheppard AFB Jobs

Here's a look at how many jobs could be affected at Sheppard Air Force Base from the sequester. The sequestration law requires all military services to furlough most civilian employees an average of one day per week for up to 22 weeks. 

These furloughs would begin in late April. The total number of Department of Defense civilians expected to be furloughed is about 800,000. A Sheppard spokesperson says the latest available report shows about 1,300 Department of Defense or other federal civilians are subject to furlough work at Sheppard, while 2,300 non-appropriated civilians and contractors may not be affected by sequestration. 

The base has been cutting back on daily expenses such as supplies and travel across the 982nd training group headquartered at Sheppard. The 982nd includes 61 field training detachments around the world. Pilot training at Sheppard will be prioritized with initial flight training taking priority over advanced and instructor training. 

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh says across the Air Force, about 200,000 flight hours of pilot training would be canceled this year alone.

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