Idaho Nat'l Guard hit by furloughs in wake of shutdown

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 6:40 PM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- Guardsman in Idaho are also getting hit hard by the government shutdown. Around 850 citizens soldiers and airmen across the state were furloughed on Tuesday along with thousands of others across the county.

"We got some very sad news when we found out the government was going to shut down because out congressionally elected leaders could not come to an agreement on the budget," said Colonel Tim Marsano.

Ten guardsmen who work at the Post Falls armory were told to go home on Tuesday, and it is affecting just about every part of the Idaho National guard.

"So I really do consider it a double gut-punch to our citizens soldiers who work full time to support the state and federal missions," Col. Marsano said.

While active duty Guard members were unaffected by the government shutdown, ten technicians were told they couldn't work and would not be paid until further notice. Officials in the Idaho National Guard said that not having the technicians in the armory will have a huge impact on preparedness for them.

"What it means is it's going to directly affect readiness for us to be able to go and perform our state missions of working for the governor should he call us out for fires, floods. Or preparedness for federal mission of going overseas and fighting nations in wars."

The Guard also had some large-scale training exercises for about 5,000 guardsmen scheduled for the weekend. They have been put on hold.

 

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