About 355 full-time members of the Ohio National Guard in Springfield will be furloughed for 11 days beginning July 8, and will be among the only people wearing military uniforms ordered to take unpaid leave as part of federal budget cuts.
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The Springfield News-Sun was the only media outlet invited this week to a town hall meeting at the Springfield Air National Guard Base for local airmen and soldiers being furloughed this summer as part of sequestration.
By the numbers
53,000: Total number of airmen and soldiers in the National Guard being furloughed nationwide.
1,657: Number of airmen and soldiers in the Ohio National Guard being furloughed.
340: Approximate number of Air Guard personnel in Springfield being furloughed.
15: Approximate number of Army Guard personnel in Springfield being furloughed. (The number could be slightly higher with the addition of the 37th Special Troops Battalion, which is part of the two-state 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which will have 14 total furloughs.)