The Defense Department began sending furlough notices to civilian employees at Fort Hood this week.

About 6,000 civilians working on post are expected to receive notices, said Chris Haug, spokesperson for Fort Hood. Employees paid through nonappropriated funds are not included in the furlough.

Exceptions were made for jobs impacting life, health and safety, said Cheryl Eliano, president of local chapter 1920 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Between July and September, furloughed employees will not report to work one day a week for 11 weeks, down from the department's original plan that 22 days would be necessary to make up for budget shortfalls. The Pentagon estimated the furloughs will save $1.8 billion.

Employees will likely have either a Monday or Friday off, Eliano said.

"I want (furloughed employees) to stay positive and know that we are doing everything we possibly can to stop this," she said. "In the meantime, we’ll do what we have to do as the employees of Fort Hood and provide services to solders and family members as much as possible, but with furlough will be at a minimum."

Read more about the furlough notices in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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