Nearly 700 civilian and military personnel around the state who work with the Alaska National Guard have been furloughed.
The federal technicians are not considered to be necessary to carry out or support lifesaving or safety missions.
Alaska Guardsmen who are on active-duty orders are not subject to furlough. They may back-fill closed offices and positions usually held by furloughed technicians, or they may perform non-excepted duties.
In addition, the National Guard’s inactive training that’s held one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year has been postponed indefinitely.
An officer who normally deals with the Alaska media on National Guard issues was contacted on Tuesday afternoon by a KTOO reporter inquiring seeking more details. But he said he was no longer allowed to speak for the Guard since he was also on furlough.
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