Budget cuts created traffic, other woes at HAFB

Aug 7 2013 - 3:31pm

Editor,

Hill Air Force Base is diligently working through resource challenges as a result of sequestration and furloughs.  We are grateful for our community's continued patience and understanding during these tough times. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by reduced service hours during the congressionally mandated sequestration, which occasionally results in the type of traffic delays addressed in the letter to the editor posted online, Aug. 5, "Hill AFB west gate entrance a traffic nightmare."

These budget cuts resulted in mandated furloughs for nearly 11,000 civilian personnel and ultimately required us to reduce hours and modify how we operate many of the installation's support services. The reductions are extensive and impact not only the base gates, but also have impacted the commissary, fitness centers, mail delivery, base restaurants and museum. A detailed list of base closures and reduced service hours are available at www.hill.af.mil. This has also been published in the base newspaper. Commuters are encouraged to plan ahead to avoid peak traffic times or utilize another entry gate, if possible.

We were pleased to hear this week that the total number of furlough days have been reduced by the Secretary of Defense from 11 to 6, which will help alleviate the related impacts. On behalf of Team Hill, thank you for your support during this fiscally challenging time and for your service in support of our nation's defense.

Col. Kathryn Kolbe

75th Air Base Wing and

Installation commander

Hill Air Force Base

Utah

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