McConnell AFB Braces For Government Shutdown

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Monday September 30, 2013

Thousands of uniformed airmen and hundreds of civilians who support McConnell Air Force Base's mission are watching, waiting and hoping the government doesn't shut down Monday night at midnight.

The commander of the 22nd's Force Support Squadron is Lt. Col. Dianne Ferrarini. She oversees the care, feeding and human resources from the babies of military personnel to the airmen and right up to the Base Commander.

Lt. Col. Ferrarini says, "It is a very stressful time at the base." She says, "We're going to feel it if it happens, from military families to active duty personnel, if the continuing resolution isn't passed."

She says in effect all civilians will be furloughed. However, about one-third of them are considered critical to national security and will stay on the job.

She says the airmen will continue doing their duty as before even though their pay might be delayed. She says civilians could be get back pay later.

Lt. Col. Ferrarini says the base will have to figure out how to do their jobs without all the civilians they depend on.

Joe Tripp is a civilian employee at McConnell. Tripp is supervisor of the Pass and Registration at McConnell in the visitor's center.

Tripp says a shutdown will effect all employee's income. He says a certain portion will have to work without pay. Tripp says the operations of the military never stops.

But the question tonight is whether a last minute miracle on the Potomac results in a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. Right now it seems doubtful.

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