NAS-Kingsville Employee the Latest Casualty of Furloughs

According to the U.S. Navy, it is anything but business as usual lately; especially when it comes to the position of a base business manager. As of now, that position no longer exists in that branch of the military.

It was a casualty of last September's furlough compromise.

"I hate to leave. I feel that there is so much unfinished work or value that I can provide to command," said Diane Zavala, who held that position at Naval Air Station-Kingsville. She has worked for the federal government for over 33 years.

"I've done everything from being a clerk to a manager," Zavala said. "That's a lot of experience."

As of Monday, Zavala is no longer a business manager at the base. The position was cut from the U.S. Navy's budget during the 2013 furloughs.

"She's worked for our nation for 33 years and she's done a great job," said Captain Christopher Misner, the commanding officer at NAS-Kingsville. "She's basically my main interface between the business aspect with Naval Air Station-Kingsville."

As part of her retirement package, Zavala said she will be covered by health insurance well into her retirement. However, her exit is expected to put a strain on the base's chain of command.

"It's going to be tough for awhile, when you lose a key player just like that," Misner said. "Certainly she's going to be missed. Someone that has done so much for our nation for 33 years in just a couple of years that she has been here certainly will be missed."

As for Zavala's retirement plans, "Well, I'm looking for a job," Zavala said, laughing. "Not really. I've got ideas, and I've thought about becoming a real estate agent."


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