Furlough notices sent to WPAFB employees today

Furlough notices are starting to be sent today to thousands of Wright-Patterson civilian employees facing 11 days off work without pay because of budget cuts, according to reports.

The notices will take several days to be sent to the majority of civil service workers at the base, said Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer. Officials have estimated 13,000 employees will be furloughed at Wright-Patterson among 680,000 Department of Defense workers who face mandatory time off the job beginning July 8.

The Pentagon must cut $37 billion from its budget by the end of September because of automatic budget reductions known as sequestration.

Wright-Patterson is the largest single site employer in the state with more than 29,000 military and civilian personnel, according to the most recently released figures.