WPAFB implementing 'orderly shutdown' as government remains closed


UPDATE: The base released a statement Monday afternoon, saying that although a deal appears to be imminent for the government to re-open, employees should not head back to work until they're notified through command channels.

For bargaining unit employees, the exception is that they will return to work 12 hours after notification, and for everyone else, they will return in two hours if there is time in the scheduled duty day. Anyone on shift would should check with supervisors.

They did say it is unclear how may and leave may be impacted by the shutdown, but they'll continue to provide updates as information becomes available.


UPDATE: A spokesman for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base confirms to FOX45 that the base is currently implementing an "orderly shutdown."

Employees reported for work Monday morning as we enter day three of a government shutdown.

Wright-Patt will be releasing a formal statement shortly.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - After lawmakers in Washington failed to come to an agreement this weekend to end a government shutdown, employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will report to work Monday and receive instructions on what it means for them.

While military personnel will continue working through a shutdown, thousands of civilian employees will be furloughed. The last time the government was shut down was in 2013; the shutdown lasted for 16 days.

A vote is scheduled in the Senate for Monday at noon. Lawmakers will vote on a bill that would reopen the government for another three weeks.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, calls the shutdown outrageous: "One political party, Republicans, run this whole government. President, House, Senate and Supreme Court. They ought to be able to pass a budget and move this country forward."

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, is also calling for the government shutdown to end, saying they should end altogether. Portman said government shutdowns are a bad idea, hurt the economy, families and troops, and cost taxpayers money.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the Miami Valley's largest employer. In 2013 when the government shut down, 8,700 employees were furloughed. More than 3,000 were considered essential to national security and public safety and continued to work through the shutdown.

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