How military budget cuts could affect Fort Benning - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

How military budget cuts could affect Fort Benning

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Felony traffic stop leads to arrest

    Felony traffic stop leads to arrest

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:43:49 GMT
    A man has been arrested following a felony traffic stop at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 13th Street on Wednesday. Lieutenant Ronald Hastings with the Columbus Police Department tells us the man wasMore >>
    A man has been arrested following a felony traffic stop at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 13th Street on Wednesday. Lieutenant Ronald Hastings with the Columbus Police Department tells us the man was driving a car that was previously reported stolen.More >>
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising money and awareness for ALS

    The Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising money and awareness for ALS

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:43:07 GMT
    Celebrities have done it. Your family and friends may have done it. Some members of our staff at WTVM have done it. And chances are, you've probably even done it yourself. It's the Ice Bucket Challenge,More >>
    Celebrities have done it. Your family and friends may have done it. Some members of our staff at WTVM have done it. And chances are, you've probably even done it yourself. It's the Ice Bucket Challenge, and over the last couple of weeks it's completely saturated social media.More >>
  • Gas leak leads to evacuation at Smiths Station schools

    Gas leak leads to evacuation at Smiths Station schools

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:25:18 GMT
    The Smiths Station Freshman Center and South Smiths Station Academy were evacuated Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, due to a gas leak in the football stadium. Around 9 a.m., signs were being put in when aMore >>
    The Smiths Station Freshman Center and South Smiths Station Academy were evacuated Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, due to a gas leak in the football stadium. Around 9 a.m., signs were being put in when aMore >>
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Fort Benning is bracing for the possibility of some major budget cuts with sequestration just three days away. 

The large, forced cuts could affect civilian workers right here at home..

People's paychecks are at stake with sequestration looming over the nation.  For starters, that's an $85 billion slice in a budget that affects the military and Headstart Elementary School.

At Fort Benning, 4,100 civilian employees could lose income with the possibility of 22 furlough days through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. 

Even though nothing is final, Fort Benning held a town hall meeting Monday to put its Department of Defense workers at ease.

Public Information Officer Gary Jones released a statement saying there are a lot of "what if?" scenarios floating around. He also says Fort Benning is in a challenging fiscal environment, and that tough choices are being made in a deliberate and thoughtful manner to best support the future Army and Fort Benning's mission.

Even now, budget cuts dating back 20 years ago at the Charleston, SC navy base and shipyard closure are being compared to the sequester; 20,000 jobs were lost in that community.

Again, it's unclear how sequestration will affect Fort Benning but, we'll keep you posted.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.