Looming Sequestration To Hit Hard At 122nd Fighter Wing (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

February 27, 2013 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- What would you change in your life if you knew your salary would be slashed by 20% for at least six months?

There are 300 full time employees at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne. And 200 of them will see their pay cut 20% for six months starting at the end of April if Congress does not reach a compromise on sequestration, which is set to start Friday.

One of the ways to handle that reduction is for the fighter wing to fly shorter sorties or go to ranges closer to Fort Wayne.

The base's vice commander says that eliminating one flying day a week during training is not as good, but still effective to maintain a combat-ready status on a pilot by pilot basis.

Others would see scheduled cuts, as well.

"In some cases maybe only work three days a week as opposed to a four-day week work schedule that we're working right now, because we work four 10 hour days. But we're looking at all that right now to see what's best for the unit, what's best for the state, and obviously for our national defense," says Col. Craig Ash, vice commander of the 122nd.

There are financial counselors on base to help employees with planning and other resources.

The colonel wishes spending reductions would come from somewhere else within the Department of Defense, rather than people's salaries.

Those lost days of work mean $1.6 million will not go into the local economy.

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