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Federal Sequester Leads to West Virginia National Guard Furloughs

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The West Virginia National Guard will face furloughs next month due to a federal government sequester.

It said 946 employees in the state's Army and Air National Guard will have temporary, unpaid leaves starting the weekend of July 8.

In Buckhannon, 86 employees work at the U.S. Property Fiscal Office and the guard's field maintenance shop.

The weekly one-day furloughs will stretch over an 11 week period.

"It's a frustrating thing for them if you can think about losing about 20 percent of your paycheck for 11 straight weeks and essentially that's what is happening to them," said Lt Col David Lester, a State Public Affairs officer.

Lester said the sequester reduced the Department of Defense's budget by $37 billion.

Of that, $20 billion was from operational and maintenance accounts.