Bracing for Impact: Members of the 185th Face Furloughs
(SIOUX CITY, IA) Hundreds at the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard may be staying home for a little while which could impact their personal finances.
The sequester is the fiscal cliff's nasty sibling and has many full time staffers at the 185th Air Refueling Wing on edge.
More than 230 air technicians may have to take 22 days off if congress can't come to a deal.
"We don't know everybody's financial situation. No one wants to tell you if they are having struggles. I remember back when I was a young airman if you're living paycheck to paycheck that's obviously a concern," says Colonel David Simon, Vice Wing Commander for the 185th Air Refueling Wing.
A worry that's echoing throughout this hangar.
"It's every job that we have out here. It's going to be a juggling act to figure out how we take off those 22 days so we still provide the service that we provide here," he says.
22 days is equal to a 20 percent pay cut.
"Being in the military, we are pretty much prepared. We have to be prepared to deploy to go over and support the contingent effort overseas so part of that is having your financial orders in line," says Trisha Theisen, a Wing Executive officer for the 185th.
"We have to react to whatever is given to us and we'll do the best we can," says Simon.
Which means sticking the their core values.
"Service before self, excellence in all we do and integrity do what's right when no one, no ones looking. In these type fiscal times we are just making sure we are doing the right thing all the time," Theisen says.
And there's always wishful thinking. If Congress did come to a deal Simon says it would be wonderful.
"I think we all would be relieved. We would go about our business like nothing happened," says Simon.
These furlough days wouldn't go into affect until some time next month and that's only if the sequester kicks in.
If those across-the-board cuts take place Department of Defense officials will begin figuring out what cuts will be made based on sequestration guidelines.