More Travis workers could face Pentagon cutbacks

By From page A1 | February 21, 2013

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Approximately 1,500 civilian workers at Travis will be affected by plans to impose furloughs on the Pentagon’s civilian work force if automatic budget cuts take effect March 1.

That’s the number of what are called appropriated-fund employees, who work on base in jobs ranging from receptionists to engineers. The number is listed in the base’s most recent economic impact statement.

Travis and the rest of the Air Force cut all expenses not deemed critical to the mission, such as flying missions not directly related to readiness, which includes flying for air shows and familiarization rides. Also cut were minor purchases, such as new furniture and technology upgrades, temporary duty travel to conferences, staff assistance visits and training seminars.

A civilian hiring freeze for all positions not considered mission-critical and releasing temporary employees not deemed critical to the mission by March 8 was put into place in late January, according to a Jan. 28 statement released by the base’s Public Affairs Office.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • PatriotFebruary 21, 2013 - 5:32 am

    It is about time, city, county and state workers have been getting them for years..About time it effects those government workers too..Join the party!

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 21, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Not cool. People need jobs and lay-offs are always difficult for the indivdual and their family. Hope we will be able to improve job opprotunities and these people get back to work soon.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 21, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Where in the US Constitution does it say the Government must provide government jobs to all people?

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 21, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    No one said they were guaranteed a job, especially a government job. I only said lets be more compassionate about the people who will lose their job and hope that the economy will improve allowing more job openings, either through private or public. Why do you always have to be so abrasive? Your responses in most cases are off on a tangent to the topic or response. In this case you mentioned the US Constition, what for? To let us all know its not explicitly written in there? You like the negative attention I think. You make the distract from the situation and in most cases add no value.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Then find somebody else to whine over Travis's civilian worker's fate--OK? The Air Force RIF's lost of people over the years. Then there's your elected US Senators. For years they whined about how much they hated the uniformed military and military spending. Dont you remember Babs Boxer's commerical asking why we have to pay for Germany and Japan's defenses? So in 1992 Boxer and Feinstein got what they wanted---peacetime downsizing and the closure of lots of California Military Bases! Lets do it again!

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  • PatriotFebruary 21, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    And now the sequester BS. $86 billion, 2.3% of budget...Cut the goldfish experiment on democracy= $5.2 million...Government workers equal pay as private sector billions...Incredible how these politicians work us with lies and deception..

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  • Denis BergantzFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Thanks to the efforts of Delton Brown in getting the newspaper delivered to me ON TIME when other local newspapers could not, I now have cancelled them and have started a subscription with the Daily Republic newspaper. A Big thanks to Mr Brown! Denis B. at 155 Valhalla Ct., Vacaville, CA

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 21, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Sounds good to me as a start to the cutting. There are whole work centers and departments I would eliminate and downsize. Why do we need a disgraced junior officer who faked her own kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan costing us hundreds of millions running the Travis ''Protocol'' unit? That's not a ''tip of the spear'' billet. You guys know the facts---wholesale corruption and an inability to win and conclude a war fought half-heartedly for 11 years with no victory in sight.

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  • JohnFebruary 21, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Shame you can't just lay off the people who Voted for "O"

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