SW Ohio area anxious about possible defense cuts

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — Businesses in a southwest Ohio community are concerned that possible defense spending cuts at a nearby Air Force base could deal them a financial blow.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Fairborn employs thousands of military and civilian personnel.

The Pentagon has ordered numerous cost-cutting measures expected to affect the base and others if Congress and President Barack Obama don't stop nearly $500 billion in automatic budget cuts to start in March.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/11NVtTI ) reports the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson could impose a civilian hiring freeze, fire temporary employees and not renew contracts with contracted employees. The base also may curtail travel, defer base maintenance and curb buying office equipment among other measures.

The base did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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