JBLM: Line will be open to talk with officials about cuts

July 9, 2013 

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s base commander will join with a South Sound congressman Tuesday to answer questions about how mandatory furloughs of Defense Department civilian employees will impact military operations in the South Sound.

Col. Charles Hodges and U.S. Rep. Denny Heck will be available to the public for a dial-in teleconference at 7 p.m. The toll-free call-in number is 855-246-7045, ext. 21849.

Heck, a Democrat from Olympia, will talk about politics and national budget decisions that are compelling the Defense Department to furlough civilian employees for 11 days between now and Sept. 30. He has opposed so-called sequestration, the forced federal budgets driving the Pentagon’s furloughs.

Hodges will answer questions about how Lewis-McChord will operate over the next three months while more than 10,000 employees miss one day of work each week.

They’re anticipating calls from furloughed workers, service members, and representatives from businesses and outside agencies that work with the military.

adam.ashton@ thenewstribune.com

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