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Beginning in mid-April, Joint Base Lewis-McChord expects to start one-day-a-week furloughs for up to 11,000 civilian employees because of federal budget cuts taking effect under sequestration, according to a statement released Friday by the base.

These employees will have up to 22 days of furlough between mid-April and the end of September if no agreements are reached by Congress and President Obama to end sequestration.

The base intends to provide financial counseling for employees who need help assessing how they will cope with the pay cuts, according to Joe Piek, a base spokesman.

At the base, civilian employees fill jobs ranging from airfield operations staff to Zumba dance-workout instructors, according to a directory of jobs released by the base on Friday.

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There are some 16,200 civilian employees, and those deemed to have critical roles will not be subject to the furloughs.

The general approach at the base will be to designate Fridays as a day of reduced services and support, according Piek.

Washington was one of 10 states singled out Friday by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter as facing the biggest defense cuts under sequestration.

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