Oct 1, 2013 8:20 PM
The military is feeling the effects of the shutdown too, including Beale Air Force Base. While uniformed officers haven't been sent home, others have.
Eighty percent of Beale’s civilian population was sent home this morning. Overall Beale suffered a 25 percent "cut" to its "team." That means 476 civilian employees on base were given letters and sent home today. One hundred and thirty six civilian employees will continue working and getting paid.
Colonel Phillip Stewart says the decisions have been tough.
Changes will be even more noticeable starting tomorrow with the closing of one important area on base.
“An area that will be affected is the base commissary. It is currently planning to close tomorrow and will remain closed until the showdown is over. This will impact thousands of Beale airmen, their families, and local retirees,” Stewart said.
“It is distressing to me to tell our civilian airmen that for the second time this year they must feel the brunt of fiscal uncertainty and be forced into furlough.”
Beale estimates a loss of $100,000 a day in services not being provided to the local economy and to the base.
Some of those civilian positions not affected include people like firefighters, key intelligence officers, and rescue personnel.