Mandatory government furloughs will begin to go into effect this week.
Chuck Wullenjohn is the public information officer for Yuma Proving Ground, and he says the effects of the furloughs go way beyond the influence of the military.
“We do lots of important work out here, and the Army needs these civilians (in order) to go to war.”
More than 700 civilian employees at Yuma Proving Ground, including test engineers, firemen, guards, and budget workers should all expect a 20% pay cut over the next 11 weeks due to mandatory budget cuts.
Wullenjohn also says this reduction in pay not only reduces the amount of money that employees have to live with, but also less money they can spend out in the community.
At Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the effects are similar.
Approximately 490 civilian employees will face similar furloughs to those being observed at Yuma Proving Ground and hundreds of military installations across the country.