Fort Benning scrambles to keep civilian workers

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – Fort Benning officials scramble to keep civilian workers employed as they face budget cuts to their work force. The projected cuts would slash 15% from Fort Benning's civilian work force by October 1, the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year.

The Ledger-Enquirer reports that Fort Benning's Deputy Garrison Commander George Steuber said they plan to fight it.

He said the numbers are frightening and adds, "The Army is going to be underfunding their civilian payroll by 15%, which means we're going to have to cut 15% of our work force across the Army. We know it's going to be ugly, and we're looking at those possibilities that we can see to save as many resources as possible."

Fort Benning is waiting on congress to approve an overall 2012 budget. However, they are looking at possibly cutting other expenditures on post. Steuber said he hopes to save as many employees as possible.

Officials are hoping for the possibility that the Army spares Fort Benning.

Those aren't the only numbers coming from post. The total number of those moving to the Valley region for BRAC or base realignment will be lower than projected. The final number looks like 22,000 people will move for BRAC which was originally projected as 28,000.

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