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Defense furloughs begin this week

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Another round of furloughs is expected to impact defense and military families in Washington DC and Alabama.

Beginning Monday, 650,000 Department of Defense employees will be furloughed nationwide. Civilian Pentagon workers will be forced to take one unpaid day off each week through September 21. That is equal to a 20% reduction of their income. Those cuts are expected to save $1.8 billion in spending, but that's just a fraction of the $40 billion that Defense has to cut.

Furloughs go into effect for Alabama National Guardsmen because of federal budget cuts totaling nearly $14 million. Guardsmen classified as "military technicians" are subject to 88 furlough hours before the end of the fiscal year.

The National Guard said more than 1,000 households will be affected. Alabama National Guard soldiers will lose an estimated $4.2 million. Deployed soldiers will not be impacted.

The furloughs also include changes at Redstone Arsenal. Officials said two gates will be closed on Fridays beginning July 12.

Gate 7 on Martin Road near Zierdt Road and Gate 3 on Redstone Road are affected.

Officials plan to keep a steady check on traffic patterns during the furlough period and make adjustments as necessary.

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