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Base braces for cuts

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Feb 15 2013 07:39:27 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 10:54:44 PM CST

Navy base awaits word about sequestration

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. -

Naval Base Ventura County is already feeling the effects of the threatened sequestration.

If Congress doesn't approve a budget, when members return at the end of the month, across -the-board budget cuts will take affect March 1.

NBVC public affairs spokesperson Kimberly Gearhart said the base is already bracing for cuts.

There is a hiring freeze in place that affects civilian jobs, and all nonessential travel has been canceled.

The base canceled an upcoming boxing event and a symposium,  but it has not made any lineup changes to this year's air show starring the Blue Angels.

The base employs about  20,000 people.

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