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National Guard prepares for possible Gov't shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington National Guard announced Friday, they're taking proactive measures in case of a government shutdown.

The following is a letter sent to KNDO from the Washington National Guard:

"Our citizen-soldiers and airmen are paid, trained and equipped through federal appropriations. A funding gap occurs when neither an appropriations act, or a Continuing Resolution has been enacted. 

In preparation for this scenario, Guard personnel essential to the war-fight, and the protection of lives and property here in the state are being identified. Those full-time employees critical to the execution of these missions will be exempt. Non-exempt employees will be furloughed until federal appropriations allow them to return to work. Personnel who are on Additional Duty Operational Support (ADOS) orders, and full-time general schedule federal employees of the Guard will report to work for their next scheduled work day. At that time, non-exempt employees will be furloughed.

Drill weekends for all Washington National Guard units scheduled for this weekend (April 8-10) have been canceled, and will be re-scheduled at a future date. Guard members who performed their drill last weekend will be paid on time. Soldiers and Airmen currently conducting their two-week Annual Training period will end their training on Saturday; Annual Training will be rescheduled at a later time. Citizen-soldiers currently attending certain Army schools may be sent home. The State Family Programs conference scheduled April 8-10 in Cle Elum has been abbreviated to April 8-9. We are working to contact all of our impacted personnel by the close of business today in order to give them and their families an accurate assessment of the
situation and how it will affect them. We currently have approximately 400 citizen-soldiers and airmen on Title X federal active duty preparing for deployment and serving in locations around
the world. The pay of these service members will be affected in the same way that other active duty service members will be impacted. If this causes a significant hardship for any of the families of our deployed Guardsmen, please call our Veterans and Families (J9) Directorate at 1-877-585-5655.

Operations continuing through next week will include the staffing of our Joint Operations Center, Counter Drug Task Force training with Drug Enforcement Agency and Military Funeral Honors support to funeral services of veterans.

State employees of the Washington Military Department will continue to work per their normal schedules.

Public safety and security through our state and federal mission are the priority of the Washington National Guard.  Plans and personnel are, and will be in place to ensure these priorities are met."

The WA National Guard will continue to post updates and changes on the following public web site and social media site: http://washingtonguard.org, http://www.facebook.com/washingtonguard, and http://twitter.com/WA_NATL_GUARD.

 

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