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Altus Air Force Base braces for sequestration

Altus- Automatic government spending cuts are just a week away this morning and Altus Air Force Base is bracing for the potential devastating impact.

If the sequestration goes into effect on March 1st, officials say mobility training could be severely impacted and advanced pilot and instructor training will be cut back. They also say flight training will be expected to stand down at the end of the summer.

There are more than one-thousand civilian employees at Altus AFB who could be furloughed. Officials say they have already taken actions to help offset the effects of the cuts, that includes an Air Force-wide temporary hiring freeze and limits on non-mission critical expenses, such as temporary duty assignments and visits that are not mission-critical.

So far Fort Sill and local chamber of commerce officials have not commented on the potential local impact.

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