'Difficult Times' Affect Fort Drum
Noting that "these are difficult times," the 10th Mountain Division's commander acknowledges that the uncertainty surrounding the government shutdown is a challenge to Fort Drum's workforce.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend addressed the shutdown on the division's Facebook page."I know that the uncertainty of the current situation affects our military and our civilian workforce both personally and professionally," he wrote. "This lapse will challenge us, however, it is imperative that we recognize that it is not a reflection of our dedication to mission. Time and again we have proven that we are the toughest and most resilient in the Army." Townsend said services that support soldier and family health and safety are considered critical and will not be cut. He noted that fire prevention, law enforcement, health care and security services will continue without interruption. It is still unclear what and how many Fort Drum civilian jobs are furloughed. On the garrison level, 790 Installation Management Command employees are eligible for furloughs. About a third of them were notified Tuesday morning that their jobs are affected. Active military personnel are not affected. The Facebook page notes that the post's commissary will be open Tuesday, but closed after that until further notice. Medical services will continue, but with reduced staff. Most of Fort Drum's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) activities will continue, including child care, but some intramural sports and youth programs are canceled.