Hundreds of non-uniformed military employees in New York face furloughs because of the federal government shutdown.
While military troops continue to work, the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs is sending about 1,500 workers out on furloughs Tuesday afternoon, including maintenance technicians and clerks. Also, there will be no training for part-time Army and Air National Guard members during the shutdown.
At Fort Drum in northern New York, 250 of the roughly 790 civilian employees at the garrison were informed Tuesday morning that they'll be furloughed. Spokeswoman Julie Cupernall says that includes a wide range of employees, such as those involved in public affairs and some electricians.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend says that Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division, remains committed to supporting its soldiers."Today marks the start of a new fiscal year, a new furlough and a new set of funding challenges, while the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum continue to answer a call to duty that first came in 2001," said Major Stephen J. Townsend in a media release. "While impacts will be felt across the post and our community, we remain committed to our forces still deployed, our forces preparing to deploy and our forces re-deploying. Through careful planning and prioritization, Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division remain fully capable, trained and ready. These are our drivers for success, under all circumstances." Townsend says services supporting soldier and family health and safety are also considered critical and will continue without interruption.