Scott Air Force Base employees will take unpaid leave beginning Monday as a result of sequestration cuts.
The furloughs began Monday for approximately 4,500 employees. The leave will be implemented one day a week for 11 weeks; most employees will take off Mondays or Fridays.
The furloughs will last until the end of the fiscal year in September, but spokesman Lieutenant Korey Fratini says there is no word if furloughs will continue into the next fiscal year.
The focus right now, he said, is supporting employees and their families affected by the cuts.