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As sequestration looms, AMC prepares steep cutbacks

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The Army's Materiel Command on Redstone Arsenal is preparing for steep cutbacks in lieu of sequestration. The Army's Materiel Command on Redstone Arsenal is preparing for steep cutbacks in lieu of sequestration.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

If American forces shoot it, eat it, communicate with it or ride in it, it gets dispatched through the Army's Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal. But even this lifeline is facing cuts.

"Readiness in the future may be what's impacted. And that's what we're worried about because that means that the next war fighter, the next contingency, we may not be as ready as we need to be," said Sue Goodyear with AMC.

The AMC's 70,000 civilian employees have been told they could face furloughs which would translate to a 20 percent cut in pay.

Administrators said the army is prioritizing its most essential missions but they're worried about what a long-term sequester would do.

"There are things that will fall off down the line, the longer this lasts," Bill Marriott, human resources director for the AMC, said.

"Is there a point where we have to worry about shells not getting where you need them or trucks breaking down? Yes, I think there is. I think we've already reached the point right now. We're planning that, that may happen," Goodyear added.

Personnel leaders have been treating this like a military crisis and working with their staffs, trying to help them prepare for what's coming up and, as much as possible, mitigate the coming damage. 

"We'll offer financial classes, advice. We don't want people to go out and buy a car. However, people do have to make their bills," Marriott added.

AMC leaders said the havoc of sequestration would likely strike well outside Redstone Arsenal's gates,  impacting businesses as varied as dry cleaners or restaurants as affected workers cut back on spending.

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