Civilian employees at the Little Rock Air Force Base started receiving furlough notices from their supervisors on May 30.

Approximately 657 civilian employees are scheduled to be furloughed for a total of 11 days starting July 8 through the end of the fiscal year.

A furlough places an employee in a temporary non-duty, non-pay status due to lack of budget funds.

The 19th Airlift Wing commander said the impact of the furloughs would be felt at organizations across the base.

“We are deeply concerned about the negative effects furloughs will have on the morale and effectiveness of the valued civilian workforce,” said Col. Brian Robinson, 19th Airlift Wing commander. “The impacts on base operations from the furlough action are yet to be determined. We are currently assessing what limits the furloughs will place on the base and how we will best operate within the bounds of acceptable risk and safety,” said Robinson.

He added, “Our foremost concern is the safety and welfare of our military and civilian airmen in getting our assigned missions done during this challenging time.”