Government shutdown brings furloughs, some changes at Fort Lee
By Staff Reports
Oct 2, 2013, 13:01
FORT LEE Thousands of employees on post will see furloughs and many programs will be on hold due to the federal government shutdown.
Congress failed to approve a new budget by the beginning of the new fiscal year Tuesday.
While all military personnel would remain in a normal duty status, many of the more than 5,000 Department of Defense civilian employees here would be temporarily furloughed.
Fort Lee will continue supporting key military operations and maintain all activities related to protecting the safety of life and property, including police, fire and emergency response operations.
The following is an overview of how a lapse in appropriations would affect those installation services with the widest community impact, as well as those that would not be affected:
Fort Lees commissary closed Wednesday.
Kenner Army Health Clinic is open. All patient appointments will continue as usual, and patients should still report to their appointments as scheduled. Questions can be addressed to the Kenner Army Health Clinic Public Affairs Officer, (804) 734-9086.
All fitness centers except the MacLaughlin Fitness Center will be closed.
All hunting on Fort Lee will be suspended.
The privately owned weapons range will be closed.
The Wednesday grand opening of a new Child Youth Center was postponed.
The annual Army Family Action Plan Conference scheduled Tuesday-Thursday was cancelled.
Army Community Service programs such as Survivor Outreach Services and the Exceptional Family Member Program will be closed; limited financial counseling services will be offered.
Passport processing and forms and records support services at the Solider Support Center will be suspended.
Services at the new Training Support Center will be limited.
The Army Education Center will be open with limited services.
The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and U.S. Army Womens Museum will remain open, but with reduced support for special services.
Security operations and hours at installation access gates will remain the same.
Kenner Army Health Clinic will offer all health and medical services as normal.
Operating hours at all Child Development and Youth Centers on post will remain the same.
Normal operations will continue at all Fort Lee Exchange facilities, including the Xpress gas station, the shoppettes and all food service areas.
The Lee Theater will remain open.
For details on other specific services at Fort Lee that may be impacted, visit www.lee.army.mil to obtain contact information for the appropriate organization.