Minnesota National Guard techs, including in Duluth, to be furloughedMore than a 1,100 technicians will be required to take one day off unpaid each week for 11 weeks, from July 15 through the end of September.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
More than a 1,100 Minnesota National Guard technicians, including 241 in Duluth, will be furloughed later this summer.
Technicians will be required to take one day off unpaid each week for 11 weeks, from July 15 through the end of September.
The furloughs are due to the Department of Defense-directed automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. The National Guard began notifying the technicians of the furloughs Wednesday.
Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing employs 241 federal technicians. Of the 241 federal technicians, 216 of them are federal military technicians and 25 are civilian technicians.
Statewide, approximately 2,100 full-time military personnel support the activities of the Minnesota National Guard, and 1,118 are technicians subject to furlough.
“While the Minnesota National Guard is required by law to follow this Department of Defense furlough policy, it is important that the people of Minnesota know that our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen remain ready to respond in the event of a state or federal emergency,” Lt. Col. Jon Lovald said in a statement.