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450 N.H. National Guard Employees Would Be Furloughed Under Sequester

Courtesy New Hampshire National Guard
Members of the 238th Medevac during a deployment to Iraq.

If a series of automatic cuts known as the sequester go into effect at the end of this week, the New Hampshire National Guard will be one of many local agencies impacted.

Major Greg Heilshorn says if the sequester happens, roughly 450 National Guard employees will be furloughed beginning in late April.

For the employees, it would mean the loss of one day a week, or 20 percent of their pay, through September.

“From an economic point of view, you’re looking at a potential impact of about $4 million in lost wages.”

Heilshorn says the National Guard has been preparing for the sequester by holding town hall meetings with technicians and other workers that would be affected.

He stressed the furloughs would not impact the National Guard’s readiness to respond to a state emergency.

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