Florida Guard Team,
We received a bit of good news this week. The Secretary of Defense announced yesterday afternoon (28 March) that the number of Sequestration furlough days for DoD civilians will be reduced from 22 to 14 days. As you know, this furlough impacts our federal civilian employees and military technicians, and is different from the Continuing Resolution furlough that we avoided when the President signed appropriation legislation on Tuesday.
While this announcement provides some relief, we still have challenges, as 14 days of lost income will inevitably cause hardship on our force. We await further details from the Department of Defense as to how this new guidance will be implemented, and what other changes may result from Tuesday’s legislation. I will continue to use every avenue to communicate my concerns regarding the devastating effects of Sequestration on our readiness and the Florida Guard Family.
As we get official news, we will continue to provide you the most current and accurate information. Please make use of our media resources, and plan accordingly to minimize the impact for you and your families. You can find information at the following: (http://www.floridaguard.army.mil), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FLGuard) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalGuard).
As always, thank you for your service.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office – Phone: (904) 823-0166