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Hundreds in Wisconsin National Guard face furloughs due to sequestration

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Some 700 members of the National Guard in Wisconsin are facing furloughs due to budget cuts brought on by the federal sequester.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the 11-day layoff will affect those who are considered Department of Defense technicians, which range from pilots and mechanics to folks who work in finance and human resources.

"The key is we're maintaining readiness, but we have had to make significant adjustments to how we train and operate in order to maintain that capability," one Wisconsin guard spokesman tells the paper.

The majority of Wisconsin's 10,000 guard members will not be affected by the sequestration because they're state employees or they're considered active-duty military personnel, who are exempted, according to the MJS.

But some people are government technicians — people who have dual status, meaning their jobs require them to be a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, but during the week they're technically civilians working for the federal government even though they're in uniform.

Another guardsman tells the Associated Press that the wing is doing other things to cut costs, such as cutting back on outreach programss and halting its honor guard’s travel to funerals outside the Milwaukee area.

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