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October 4, 2013

Government shutdown impacts Fort Huachuca

Tanja Linton
Media Relations Officer

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – All DoD commands, staffs and agencies were directed to begin executing their respective shutdown plans this morning to include the furlough of non-excepted DoD civilians.

The Pay Our Military Act allows DoD to provide pay and allowances to service members and currently excepted civilians. During the lapse in appropriations, all of our military personnel are directed to continue in a normal duty status. The Pay our Military Act has authorized the Department of Defense to pay our service members on time and in full. DoD civilians who support excepted activities, which include military operations, and emergency services, or other activities that support these efforts are directed to continue working. The Pay our Military Act has authorized DoD to pay excepted civilians on time and in full.

Here is a look at the impact of the government shutdown on Fort Huachuca:
Non-appropriated fund employed are not being furloughed. The only impact on Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs is to Army Community Service. The only ACS services that will be provided during the shutdown are Army Emergency Relief, Family Advocacy Victim Advocates and SHARP services.

The Fort Huachuca Commissary is open for regularly scheduled hours today; however it will close tomorrow and remain closed until the government reopens.

Contractors will continue the processing of identification cards and DEERS enrollment at the Directorate of Human Resources.

Initial military training is excepted and will continue, however professional military education will not.

All firefighters, Department of the Army police and guards have been excepted from the furlough and will continue to report for duty.

The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center will continue full services during the shutdown. No appointments will be canceled and the appointment line will remain open. The pharmacy will remain open at normal operating hours.

The Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District will remain fully operational during the shutdown.
Manning of the Administrative Law Section of the Staff Judge Advocate Office will be severely reduced which will significantly impact the ability and time to provide services. Legal Assistance Section will be open.

The Directorate of Emergency Services will be unable to provide police reports, conduct weapons registration, provide in-lieu-of tax exempt forms for service members or process requests for West Gate proxy cards during the shutdown.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Public Affairs Office and Safety Office, Resource Management Office will be closed.

Range Control, Training Support Center and Multimedia Visual Information will be closed during the shutdown.

Plans and Operations Section of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security will support the processing of requests, operational orders and taskings.

Libby Army Airfield will reduce its hours from 24 hour/5 days per week to 16 hours (7 a.m.-11 p.m.)/5 days per week.




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