Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Bases bracing for shutdown
With a government shutdown looming, area military bases have been making preparations if it happens. Details are going out to workers at the Dahlgren Navy base, Fort A.P. Hill, and Marine Corps Base Quantico about who, and what types of services, would be affected.
For example, the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren will remain open and police, fire and emergency medical services will continue operating.
Activities that can continue during a shutdown must be designated “excepted” activities, says Gary Wagner, spokesman for the Naval Support Activity South Potomac, the host command for the King George County base.
A shutdown would affect a wide range of activities. Employees’ training and travel, for instance, would have to be linked to an excepted activity.
Bob McElroy, spokesman at Fort A.P. HIll, says supervisors today are notifying employees there whether they are excepted. About 200 civilians work on Army base which sits on more than 76,000 acres in Caroline and Essex counties. There are two active military personnel on base—the commander and sergeant major—who would not be affected.
A spokesman at Quantico said preparations are underway, but that he couldn’t speculate on what services might be affected.
Unlike the impact from the sequestration-related cuts earlier this year, base schools—Dahlgren school for example—this time would not be hit if the shutdown goes through. Here’s a statement about the impending shutdown from Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Look for more about military and civilian impact here in Tuesday’s Free Lance-Star.