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MAFB and Shutdown

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The Government Shutdown is a crunch felt nationwide, and one that can hit close to home for those who are employed through the government.

In fact, so close to home that the Minot Air Force Base has had to make changes to maintain operations on base.

Over 70% of military civilians at the Minot Air Force Base have undergone a furlough--that's about 350 employees.

Some areas affected include logistics, civil engineering and transportation services.

Civilian personnel still employed are those who work in essential areas such as security and readiness.

Airmen are working extended hours to fulfill the vacancies.

Still, some services have been delayed or suspended.

Despite the shutdown, one Minot Air Force Base official says the task at hand is still in focus.

(Capt. Jeff Nagan, MAFB Public Affairs Officer)"The military is affected by the emergency furlough, it's affected by the government shutdown, but for service members it's business as usual. We're here to provide a distinct capability and a service to the American people and we remain committed to that regardless of what happens in Washington."

Captain Nagan went on to say the 91st missile wing and the 5th bomb wing will continue to provide full-spectrum deterrence during the shutdown.

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