Federal government shutdown affects 4,000 at JBER

Members of the U.S. Air Force 673rd Security Forces Squadron patrol during the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on July 31, 2016.

Members of the U.S. Air Force 673rd Security Forces Squadron patrol during the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on July 31, 2016. This past weekend, the federal government shutdown disrupted drills planned at JBER. (Public domain photo by Alejandro Pena/U.S. Air Force)

Active duty troops were working without pay over the weekend due to the government shutdown. It was effective at midnight eastern time on Friday and looks likely to be resolved today.

Whether service members ultimately receive back pay, as happened after the 2013 shutdown, is up to Congress. Many civilian employees and Defense Department contractors face unpaid furloughs if the shutdown continues.

Over the weekend, some operations were halted. Members of Alaska’s National Guard were supposed to be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the weekend for drills. But most of those exercises were canceled, affecting about 4,000 people.

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