FAIRFIELD — Travis Air Force Base on Tuesday could see about 700 civilian workers put on furlough as part of a partial government shutdown.
The base looked at 1,500 civilian workers using certain criteria, Travis spokesman Maj. Brandon Lingle said Monday. Those criteria are preserving life, protecting property and maintaining military operations, he said.
“It’s important that this is no judgment on that person’s importance to the mission,” Lingle said. “The Air Force’s position is every member of our team is important to accomplishing the mission.”
Everyone should come to work Tuesday, Lingle said. Workers will then be informed of the latest news.
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Col. Corey Martin, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, took part in town hall meetings Monday to inform personnel of the situation.
Meanwhile Monday there was concern that if the partial federal government shutdown takes place, some 10,000 Travis active duty and reserve personnel would have to wait to see if their mid-month paychecks come as scheduled, Lingle said.
“It’s not that we won’t be paid,” Lingle said. “We just may not get paid on time.”
That question was answered several hours later in the day when the president signed a law that ensures that active duty military members will be paid on time.
The civilian workers, in contrast, would have no guarantees that they would ever get paid for the furlough time.
“Of course, we’re hopeful the elected officials can resolve the situation as soon as possible,” Lingle said Monday. “These things are disruptive on many levels.”
Travis Air Force Base will be posting information on the situation at its website at www.travis.af.mil.
“We’re trying to mitigate the negative impacts,” Lingle said.
He said everyone connected with the base would likely experience some inconvenience if the partial government shutdown wasn’t averted.
Any disruption to operations at Travis will likely produce ripple effects off base as well. That’s because the base is the largest single economic driver in Solano County. The latest estimate of the base’s economic impact on the region is $1.6 billion a year.
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