RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Ellsworth Air Force Base has furloughed nearly three-quarters of its civilian workforce due to the partial federal government shutdown.
The air base in western South Dakota is furloughing 427 of the 582 civilians who work at the base. Those furloughed employees will be on leave without pay until Congress reaches a budget agreement that ends the shutdown.
Colonel Kevin Kennedy, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, says the furloughs may have severe financial impacts on the civilian workers. He says the furloughs also will hurt the base’s ability to carry out its mission.
The shutdown will not affect essential services, such as operations authorized by deployment orders or responses to emergencies. But it will reduce flying operations of B-1 bombers at the base.
The government shutdown has forced nearly 50 National Guard employees in Mitchell and Chamberlain to take unpaid time off from work.