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AFSC Commander Message - Potential Government Shutdown

Posted 9/27/2013   Updated 9/27/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield
Air Force Sustainment Center commander


9/27/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- As promised, I'm coming to you with information as I receive it. The Air Force Sustainment Center has been asked to make preparations for a potential government shutdown. The annual funding for the government expires on September 30 and if there is a lapse in appropriations, several government activities will cease due to lack of funding.

Military personnel will remain on regular duty status, but there is the potential for a large number of our civilian employees to be temporarily furloughed. However, if the Air Force gives us the same direction as it did in 2011 when we last planned for a shutdown, we anticipate direct labor employees to be exempt.

In preparation, it's important for us to update our employee rosters and review the process for shutdown, should it occur. I know this puts undue stress and hardship on several of you - putting a toll on everyone at work and at home.

I remain hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted, and will keep you updated as I receive information.

Thank you for everything you do for our Air Force and our nation.

Keep 'em flying. It's what we do!


Bruce

BRUCE A. LITCHFIELD
Lieutenant General, USAF
Commander, AFSC



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