National Guard leaders expect furloughs to erode readiness

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.

Picture your average Defense Department employee furloughed this week by the government sequester. You probably have in mind someone in a skirt or slacks, not camouflage and boots.

Which is why it's something of a surprise that 1,100 uniformed members of the Iowa National Guard and 580 from the Nebraska Guard are among 48,300 Guard employees nationally who are idled by the furloughs.

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