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Government Shutdown Sends Fairchild Employees Home

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The effects of the federal shutdown are being felt across the country, even here in the Inland Northwest at the area's largest employer: Fairchild Air Force Base.

The dark clouds hanging above Fairchild Tuesday were matched by the feeling on base.

Tuesday morning, 300 civilian employees and another 248 inactive guardsman were informed that they would be furloughed due to the partial government shutdown.

700 other civilian employees and all other military personnel considered essential will remain at work and on duty.

The furlough has forced the base library and teen center to close.

The base commissary, or grocery store, is also scheduled to be closed Wednesday morning until further notice.

Because these were emergency furloughs, there's a chance that employees and guardsman sent home today will not receive any back pay for the work they miss.

Calling the situation extremely disruptive, Fairchild says they will pick up the slack and do everything they can to continue to fill their missions.

Lawmakers continue to work toward a compromise to get federal employees back to work but at this point it's unclear how long the shutdown will last.

More information on furloughs and the effects are available at www.af.mil

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