The Ohio National Guard might have to furlough 2,100 soldiers and airmen under sequestration, a guard spokesman said Tuesday.
James Sims said about 1,800 personnel classified as technicians could be affected along with an additional 283 temporary technicians.
Sequestration “is going to have a significant impact on the Ohio National Guard,” Sims said.
He said if the mandatory cuts occur, some aircraft could be grounded and some vehicles parked and it “would affect our ability to maintain equipment.”
There are nearly 16,000 soldiers and airmen in the Ohio Army and Air National Guard, Sims said.
Meanwhile, Army Lt. Col. Matthew W. Lawrence, chief of public information for the Army Reserve, said it is not known how sequestration would affect the Army Reserve.