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Government Shutdown Causes Furloughs At 179th Airlift Wing

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/2/2013

The 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Airport is a quieter place than normal. Most of the Air National Guard members are on furlough due to the federal government shutdown. The furloughs involve full-time civilian technicians, while those remaining on duty are Active Guard Reserve members. Even base commander, Colonel Gary McCue, and assistant commander, Colonel Michael Howard, are furloughed. So the 179th has an acting commander. Lt. Col. Daniel Tack says he base is operating as close to normal as possible, but some training activities are on hold. 800 Air National Guardmen from across Ohio and several other states are planning to come to the base Saturday and Sunday for Drill Weekend, but officials are still awaiting word on whether the training will be postponed.

   
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