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Furloughed civlian reacts to government shutdown

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:13:28 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 01 2013 05:03:59 PM CDT
CAMP LEJEUNE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1,000 civilians across Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River and MCAS Cherry Point are furloughed.

Furloughed civilian Albert Burgess blames Congress for not putting their differences aside to create a working budget.

"I'm hoping they'll swallow their pride and cross party lines and do the right thing," said Burgess, president of the Onslow County chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees.

An estimated half of all DoD employees will face furloughs; however, some employees won't be affected at all. Employees who are emergency responders, or serve essential jobs on base will not be furloughed.

"It's pretty much what they need on a daily basis," Burgess said. "They live off one check, and just like, to get a dent in it, I mean, that's a bad thing."

Some workers on base are frustrated, upset about dealings in Washington D.C. that lead to this stand off in Congress.

"It's one of those things where we thought it was resolved earlier with the furlough issue and now we're just finding out they've passed the buck off and we're having to deal with it again," said Brandy McNerney. McNerney and her husband both work on base as civilian employees.

"These are people we put in power to make decisions for our country and it doesn't seem like they are making very smart decisions right now," McNerney said.

CAMP LEJEUNE STATEMENT:

During a government shutdown, only operations and activities that are essential to safety, protection of human life and protection of our national security are authorized and only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out those activities will be exempt from the furlough. These include but are not limited to security and emergency services (police, fire, and EMS), utilities, training ranges, chow halls, and more.  Non-appropriated fund activities (Marine Corps Community Services) are generally exempt with a few exceptions.

Programs and services that will remain open include: Marine Corps Exchanges, Child Development Centers, Base Schools, Fitness Centers, counseling offices and more.

Programs and services that will be closed include: the Commissary (closed beginning Oct. 2), Libraries, the Education Center, the Outdoor Recreation office, Hobby Shops, the Relocation Assistance office, Professional Development Services and more.

Some of the programs and services that will be operating on reduced staff or operating hours include: the ID Card Center, Traffic Court, the Installation Personnel Administration Center, Civilian Human Resources and more.

For a complete list of impacted base programs and services, please visit www.lejeune.marines.mil/Resources/FurloughImpacts.aspx.

MCAS CHERRY POINT STATEMENT:

With the government shutdown scheduled for today, a number of air station programs and services will be impacted across Cherry Point beginning today and continuing until federal funding has been restored.  Although we are awaiting final instructions from Headquarters Marine Corps, plans are in place for an orderly shutdown or reduction of some services normally provided by civilian personnel, while other services will be continued by military personnel and civilians who were exempted from the furlough.

During a government shutdown, only operations and activities that are essential to safety, protection of human life and protection of our national security are authorized and only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out those activities will be exempt from the furlough. These include but are not limited to security and emergency services (police, fire, and EMS), utilities, training ranges, chow halls, and more.  Non-appropriated fund activities (Marine Corps Community Services) are generally exempt with a few exceptions.

Cherry Point Marine Corps Community Services programs and services will operate with a reduced workforce.  Some programs and departments may be closed, while others will have limited staff members on hand to assist customers.

Air station Programs and services that will remain open include: Marine Corps Main Exchange, the Child Development Center, restaurants, fitness centers, the Installation Personnel Administration Center, DEERS/RAPIDS and much more.

Programs and services that will be closed include: the Commissary (closed beginning Oct 2), School Age Care (Cherry Tree House), Teen/Tween Center, School Liaison, MCCS Coordinators, Marine Corps Family Team Building, Personal & Professional Development (to include Relocation Assistance, Employment Assistance, Transition Assistance, Transition Readiness, Behavior Health, New Parent Support, Community Counseling Center) and more.

Some air station programs and services that will operate on reduced staff or operating hours include: Traffic Court, Civilian Human Resources and more.

Once the furlough goes into effect, a complete list of impacted base programs and services will be available at the Cherry Point website at http://www.cherrypoint.marines.mil and the Marine Corps Community Services website at http://mccscherrypoint.com/.

MCAS NEW RIVER STATEMENT:

The government shutdown at midnight last night impacted a number of base programs and services across Marine Corps Air Station New River and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune beginning this morning and continuing until federal funding has been restored.

During a government shutdown, only essential operations and activities impacting safety, protection of human life and protection of our national security are authorized, and only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out those activities will be exempt from the furlough. These include but are not limited to security and emergency services (police, fire, and EMS), utilities, training ranges, chow halls, and more. Non-appropriated fund activities (Marine Corps Community Services) are generally exempt with a few exceptions.

Programs and services that will remain open include: Marine Corps Exchanges, Child Development Centers, Base Schools, Fitness Centers, counseling offices and more. The Legal Assistance office will be operating on reduced hours and will remain open for limited services Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New River legal assistance clients can also seek services at the Camp Lejeune Legal Assistance office.

Programs and services that will be closed include: the Commissary (closed

beginning Oct 2), Libraries, the Education Center, the Outdoor Recreation

office, youth sports, indoor pool, group exercise classes, Auto Skills Center, the Relocation Assistance office, Professional Development Services and more.

Some of the programs and services at MCB Camp Lejeune that will be operating on reduced staff or working hours include: the ID Card Center, Traffic Court, the Installation Personnel Administration Center, Civilian Human Resources and more.

For a complete list of impacted MCAS New River programs and services please visit www.newriver.marines.mil

For a complete list of impacted MCB Camp Lejeune programs and services, please visit

www.lejeune.marines.mil/Resources/FurloughImpacts.aspx

Find out which MCCS Programs are effected at your base by checking your installation MCCS website:  http://www.usmc-mccs.org/installation/

Civilian Marines (APF and NAF) effected by the shutdown can go to the Civilian Personal Management Service website for more information: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/Subpage/FurloughGuidance/

You can also find more information on the M&RA Website at https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/portal/page/portal/M_RA_HOME/MP/Government%20Shutdown

See http://www.usmc-mccs.org/inforef2/shutdown.cfm for more information.