National Guard soldiers, airmen face furloughs

File Photo: Hawaii National Guard
File Photo: Hawaii National Guard

Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii will be living with 20% less pay over the next three months as the Defense Department carries out automatic federal budget cuts.

They're among the guardsmen and women across the country the military will be furloughing for one day a week starting Monday.

The cuts mean the helicopter pilots and mechanics, pay and finance clerks and others who keep the guard operating will have eight hours less each week to do their jobs.

It's not clear precisely what effects the unprecedented cuts will have. They could, however, make it more difficult for the guard to fly helicopters to help put out wildfires or rush to the scene of natural disasters in trucks.

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