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The 101st Airborne is a rapid deployment force whose soldiers have been major players in the war on terror. Two Fort Campbell Brigades are overseas now and another is preparing to re-deploy. Eight thousand civilian employees who support the division are targeted for furloughs that could cut them back to four days a week. But officials say the effects will not be immediate.
"No one will get furloughed without that individual getting a 30-day notice. So as we look at this in timeliness we're looking at some 30-plus days before the first person will not show up for work," said Col. Buck Dellinger.
Colonel Buck Dellinger is the Screaming Eagles' Garrison Commander. He manages the post's day to day operations. In addition to the civilian workforce, vehicle maintenance and general upkeep, Colonel Dellinger says sequestration cuts will have a direct impact on soldier training.
"For those that are not deploying immediately, their opportunities to train will not be what they've had in the past," added Col. Dellinger.
The colonel says large exercises where you're moving a lot of people and machines are expensive and the post will have to tighten its belt. Congress is busy playing the blame game and Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn isn't mincing words.
"The house does its job every year on passing a budget. It's the senate that has not had the gumption to pass a budget in four years," said Representative Marsha Blackburn.
Thursday, February 28 2013, 10:15 PM CST
Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
Oil rises past $98 on Syria, ahead of Fed meeting
(AP) -- The price of oil has edged above $98 a barrel.
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