Fort Benning services to return to normal

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - In the wake of a Department of Defense announcement reducing furlough days from 11 to six, over the next few weeks Fort Benning will transition to normal operating hours.

The Fort Benning Commissary will be open seven days a week effective Aug. 19.  The commissary has been closing on Mondays due to the mandatory furloughs.

All furloughs for Department of Defense Education Activity instructional and support staff on ten-month contracts have been canceled.  These employees were already subject to only five furlough days to ensure a creditable school year.  Canceling the furlough days for these personnel will result in a full school year.

Martin Army Community Hospital is evaluating personnel availability and will announce restored hours as soon as possible.

Patrons of the commissary and hospital are asked for patience as deliveries and schedules are restored to normal over the next two weeks.

The furloughs were initiated by automatic federal government budget reductions, or "sequestration," and were scheduled through the end of September for a total of 11 days.