Starting Monday, over 470 civilian employees at Grissom Air Reserve Base will have to take off one unpaid day each week until the end September.

The furlough days are the result of the federal government sequestration that took effect earlier this year. Lieutenant Colonel Gary Lockard in the Public Affairs Office says base employees have been preparing for the furloughs for several months and are taking everything in stride.

The original call for the furlough days was 22 days, however base leadership were able to reduce that number to 11 days. In order to maintain mission requirements and other duties, civilian employees will be able to chose their day off each week to best accommodate their job requirements and personal schedules.