Guam – The U.S. Congress has failed to pass a budget forcing a shutdown of the federal government. This affects federal jobs on Guam, which means it affects certain operations of the military bases as well as the Guam National Guard.
Federal employees in non-essential areas have been furloughed until further notice. This includes about 90 Guam National Guard members. Active duty guard members will not be affected, but dual-status military technicians or “miltechs” of the National Guard were furloughed. The Guam Guard says these employees are part-time soldiers or airmen and full time federal civilian employees. Non-dual-status federal technicians were also furloughed.
According to a release from Adjutant General Roderick Leon Guerrero, the guard’s full time active duty force has been directed to work with the federal and local government to try and find programs and benefits that could be available to their technicians. These technicians make up about 30 percent of the Guard’s full-time support force.
Because of these furloughs, the I.D. card office at the Guard’s Readiness Center in Barrigada will be closed. The Guam Air National Guard’s I.D. services will be by appointment only. The AAFES gas express and shoppette will remain open.
Meanwhile, U.S. Naval Base Guam Commanding Officer Capt. Hans Sholley issued a statement on the Naval Base Guam Facebook page outlining the effects of this federal shutdown. Capt. Sholley said essential services of the base would continue. Civilian, government and employees of tenant commands were asked to show up to work this morning(Mon.) to be informed of their status. Service members were all instructed to report to work.
The following services will remain open:
– NBG Navy Exchange and all satellite NEX outlets, including the mini mart, will remain open with normal operating hours.
– The NBG commissary will remain open with normal operating hours and the normal weekly schedule.
– DODEA schools will remain open with a normal class schedule.
– All MWR facilities will remain open on a normal schedule until further notice. If the shutdown continues for an extended time, we may change food service venue hours to match demand.
– The Child Development Center and all of the services for children will remain unaffected and be open during normal hours of operations.
– The Naval Hospital remains open for emergency care; however, some routine services may be affected by the shutdown. Please refer to the Naval Hospital Guam Facebook site for more specific information.
– Fire & emergency services and Naval Security Forces (NSF) are unaffected by the shutdown. All emergency services will continue without interruption.
The following services may be interrupted:
– Routine facility repairs to include base housing routine trouble calls will be limited. Emergency repairs in order to prevent damage or injury will be addressed, however there may be delay.
– Housing assignment and routine processing will be affected.
– The Visitor Control Center will be closed for new passes to include contractor and visitor pass issue. All NSF administrative employees are affected by the government shutdown.
– The commercial inspection gate will continue normal vehicular inspections to allow continued commercial delivery and support.
– Base operations may be impacted, specifically non-essential services. Please expect delays.
Capt. Sholley wrote, “this is a very dynamic situation. We will continue to update you as often as possible and when the shutdown status changes. You have my personal word that we will do our utmost within our federally mandated direction to continue to serve the fleet, the fighter and our families.”
The national parks on Guam would’ve been affected; however, the War in The Pacific National Historical Park will stay open thanks to their private non-profit partner called “Pacific Historic Parks”. According to a release from park superintendent Barbara Alberti the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, Asan beach, Ga’an and Apaca point, Piti guns and Asan Bay Overlook Memorial will remain open.