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Wright Patt Workers Dealing with Uncertainty Again
FAIRBORN -- About 8,700 Wright-Patt employees are waiting and hoping for an end in sight to the Government Shutdown after receiving furlough notices Tuesday morning. That removes about $5M a day in salaries in the Miami Valley.
"It's kind of disheartening," said Bonita Jenkins who has two children and now fears Tuesday's shutdown will be too much to handle. "It's going to impact my family because my husband is laid off and I have the only income right now."
This morning several offices on base had to close down.
"I really didn't have much chance to interface with anybody this morning because the building was locked up," said David Stemen of WPAFB.
"We were given our notices and told to do our time sheets and leave," said Jenkins.
We did run into some people who didn't mind getting sent home early.
"I was excited, I felt President Obama has to stand his ground," said Lynn Wynn of WPAFB. "No one can get everything they want but they need to come together and I support my president. We believe God will provide, I know it's a stretch for others, but that's why you have a savings also."
Only about 3,200 civilian employees who have jobs essential to national security and public safety were allowed to come in to work Tuesday. They will receive back pay once the shutdown is over.
With such a big cut, several of the inner-workings on base will be limited.
For example, mail delivery is no longer an option. Every office will need to be pick up their own.
Also, Network operations and building maintenance will only be able to respond to emergencies. And the impacts of the shutdown don't stop on base.
"With that kind of money coming out of the economy it's going to start hurting all businesses. It's a domino effect. This person's not making money so they're not going to spend money it starts to affect everybody all around," said Robert Robinson of R.Robinson's Auto. "It'll put us right back into a worst recession then we were before."
Now last night the President did sign into law a bill allow the Department of Defense to pay any active military personnel.
There will be several services affected on base, including:
-Delivery of official mail (mail will need to be picked up by every office)
-Network operations and civil engineer maintenance will only respond to emergencies; routine requests will not be processed
-The education office will only be open for WAPS testing and tuition assistance
-Emergency response for network operations and building maintenance
Closures on base include:
-Base commissary will close effective Oct. 2
-The FOIA office will be closed; FOIA requests will not be processed
-Integrated Learning Center
-Community and Airmen Center
-Auto Hobby Shop (within the Consolidated Hobby Facility)
-The USAF Museum
-Civilian personnel office
"We want to thank our civilian employees for their continued service and strength in the face of adversity. We stand firm in stating that this government shutdown is not a reflection on the service of our employees and the value we place on their work. It has been through times like this when our WP team has demonstrated a fortitude that makes us all proud to serve. I am confident that we will persevere through this latest challenge with the same determination demonstrated over and over again on our base. We hope a resolution to this situation will happen quickly so that personnel impacts will be minimized and we can get back to best executing our critical mission," said the 88th Air Base Wing Commander, Col. Cassie Barlow.
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