Commander's Commentary: Preparing for the future

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  • By Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield
  • Air Force Sustainment Center commander
I know everyone is anxious to hear news about the possible sequestration and potential for civilian furloughs. I know this affects more than just the mission; it has a personal impact on each and every one of you. Unfortunately, we're still waiting to hear what's going to happen regarding sequestration.

But, while we wait for our marching orders, I encourage you to take this opportunity to prepare yourself and your families for what might occur, including saving more money now or cutting back. If we're given orders to direct civilian furloughs, it could mean up to a 20 percent drop in pay from April 1 until Oct 1, 2013. This equates to an 8.5 percent decrease in your annual pay for Fiscal 2013.

And, while I know the uncertainty weighs heavily on everyone's mind, we need to remain productive and keep our eyes on safety; do not let the uncertainty of our times cause you to take your eye off the ball. While we are at work, we need to do our job for our country's defense. Our warfighter is counting on us.

I need everyone looking out for their Wingmen. Leaders, talk to your people about the possible effects this could have on their work and home life. And keep in mind, we've avoided furloughs in the past, and there's a chance we could avoid it again.

While we may be focused on the individual impacts, we still have men and women in harm's way who need our support. We can't let them down.

I will let everyone know when we receive specific direction on this issue.