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FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Commanders at Fort Stewart are trying to prepare Army families for a blow to services with more than 2,800 civilian workers expected to begin taking furlough days next month.

Brig. Gen. John Hort and other leaders planned a town hall meeting Friday for those who live and work on Fort Stewart, the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River.

The automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in months ago are forcing most military civilian workers to take off one day a week for a nearly three months from July 8 through the end of September. That will affect everything from the commissary where Army families buy groceries to the office that issues ID badges.

Even schools on Fort Stewart are planning 4-day weeks once classes resume in August.

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