Government shutdown leads to furloughs and reduced services at Buckley Air Force Base

Some facilities on base are now closed

AURORA, Colorado - The government shutdown is impacting Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.   Hundreds of people have been placed on furlough and many services are not available.

"We have approximately 400 civilians that work for my wing.  And 70 percent of those civilians have been furloughed during this government shutdown," said Colonel Dan Wright of the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base.

As commander, Wright says its mission of missile surveillance and defense will continue during the shutdown, but some non-essential services will impacted.

"The good news is, our operators, that are operating these space systems are still on duty, fully supported, and again, focused on defending our nation," said Wright in an interview with 7NEWS.

The base fitness center is temporarily closed.  So too is the commissary.  Military members, their families and retirees can shop for groceries at the commissary, which is tax free.

"These are services we hope are restored quickly as the Congress works through the budget."  "It’s a lot of Air Force people taking care of each other during this stressful time," he said.

Wright said he personally walked around the base, meeting with employees and discussing their concerns.

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