SW Ohio area anxious about possible defense cuts


FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) -- Businesses in a southwest Ohio community are concerned possible defense spending cuts at a nearby Air Force base could deal them a financial blow.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Fairborn employs thousands of military and civilian personnel, including contractors and private businesses on the base.

The Pentagon has ordered numerous cost-cutting measures expected to affect the base and others in the short term. The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/11NVtTI ) reports the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson could impose a civilian hiring freeze and fire some temporary employees, among other measures.

An AFMC spokeswoman says specific cost-cutting measures are expected to be announced this week, and deeper cuts could follow if Congress and President Barack Obama don't stop nearly $500 billion in automatic budget cuts set to start in March.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com