Colonel: cuts likely affect most OH base civilians

DA"YTON, Ohio (AP) — A military leader at Ohio's largest military installation says most civilian workers at the southwest Ohio base are likely to lose pay if anticipated defense spending cuts go into effect.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report the commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton says fewer than 100 of the base's 13,000 civilian employees are likely to escape furloughs if the cuts take place.

Col. Cassie B. Barlow says fewer people on the job could mean shortened operational hours. She also says some patients seeking treatment at Wright-Patterson Medical Center might be sent elsewhere if the hospital is short staffed.

The spending cuts are scheduled to start automatically March 1 if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert them.

©2016 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.