Federal shutdown causes Maine Army and Air Guard to postpone weekend drills

AUGUSTA — The Maine Army and Air National Guard have postponed weekend drills after learning this week that 406 employees have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown that started Tuesday.

“The drill weekend that was to be held October 5-6, 2013 has been postponed,” Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Houdlette of the Maine Army National Guard said Thursday in an email interview. “A tentative date to make up this drill weekend has not been established.”

Sunday’s Freedom Salute for the 488th Military Police Company that returned in mid-July will still take place in Augusta, and four personnel from the 121st Public Affairs Detachment will be working to cover the event.

Although the Air Guard drill weekend is postponed, some who were scheduled to deploy in the near future will be at work, Houdlette said.

“There will be pockets of drilling guardsmen working this weekend to support upcoming mobilizations-deployments within the Maine Air National Guard,” he said.

The Maine Army and Air National Guard sent 406 members home on emergency furlough on Tuesday.

The breakdown of furloughed employees is 222 in the Maine Army National Guard and 184 in the Air guard, according to Peter Rogers, spokesman for the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. The employees are stationed around Maine but most of the affected workers are from Camp Keyes in Augusta, the Maine Air National Guard base and the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Bangor.

Brewer Mayor Kevin O’Connell, who spent 24 years in the Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing and retired in February 2011 as a master sergeant, said Thursday that his friends in the Guard are frustrated.

“They’re all [complaining] on Facebook — they’re all [complaining] hard,” he said. “I’m still friends with a lot of them. They’re telling Congress to get their heads out of their [buttocks].”

“The biggest thing I heard was frustration,” he said. “Everybody is frustrated and it’s affecting their wallets.”

Weekend drills are important for two major reasons, O’Connell said.

“A — you need the training, and B — everybody counts on that paycheck,” said the Air Guard retiree, who was bringing home a $400 to $500 paycheck monthly at the end of his military career.

Even though he’s retired, the furlough is still an issue because all of the military commissaries are closed including the one in Bangor.

“Do you know how many people shop at the commissaries? All the retired people,” O’Connell said. “It’s cheap and it can save you a lot of money. Whenever I go in there, it’s 90 percent retirees.

“There is a domino-trickle down effect,” O’Connell said of the federal shutdown.

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JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Again what good is a Repub house for

In the six months and four days since the 113th Congress began, it has passed 13 laws. And, despite lawmakers constantly beating the drum on boosting jobs, none of the new measures have been focused on employment. Here's a list of what the 113th Congress has passed in its first six months:

H.R.41: To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 1/3/2013) Cosponsors (44)
H.R.152: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 1/4/2013) Cosponsors (None)
H.R.325: No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] (introduced 1/21/2013) Cosponsors (1)
S.47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 1/22/2013) Cosponsors (61)
H.R.307: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] (introduced 1/18/2013) Cosponsors (5)
H.R.933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 3/4/2013) Cosponsors (None)
S.716: A bill to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.
Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 4/11/2013) Cosponsors (None)
H.R.1246: District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act
Sponsor: Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] (introduced 3/19/2013) Cosponsors (None)
H.R.1765: Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Latham, Tom [IA-3] (introduced 4/26/2013) Cosponsors (None)
H.R.1071: To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
Sponsor: Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] (introduced 3/12/2013) Cosponsors (2)
H.R.360: To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the lives they lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where these 4 little Black girls' ultimate sacrifice served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
Sponsor: Rep Sewell, Terri A. [AL-7] (introduced 1/23/2013) Cosponsors (301)
H.R.258: Stolen Valor Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 1/15/2013) Cosponsors (127)
S.982: Freedom to Fish Act
Sponsor: Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] (introduced 5/16/2013) Cosponsors (3)

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The real story

They would not be having this problem at all if the shutdown had not been instigated by the " suicide caucus". They did not care about the kids with cancer or the guard or anybody but their own stupid ideology. They are able to do this thanks to gerrymandered districts. Now they are realizing that the rest of the country may nevertheless make them pay a price. The last time Republicans did this they turned the northeast states and the west coast states blue for decades. Independents overwhelmingly are blaming Republicans and they decide most elections. There is no reason the democrats should reward this loony way to govern by letting Republicans pick and choose who they will fund and who they will punish. Government workers including the DC police who rescued their sorry a**** deserve to be funded as much as the guard.

The Congress just passed a

The Congress just passed a bill to fund the National Guard, but the Dems in the US Senate are promising to vote it down. Even if the Senate could pass it, Obama has promised to veto the bill. America needs to hear the real story.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Truly a Christian in devils clothing

Typical Christian telling lies to gather his sheep of followers, to march into pits of delusional fear and smear tactics...

Now folks here is your typical bagger Dennis the Menace at his best....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Where is it

Just 15 bills have crested the veritable Aggro Crag that is the 113th Congress to reach President Obama's desk this year.

Here is a list of proposed bills......Internet is just absolutely amazing to prove you LIE....

19 bills and resolutions are on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days. Once bills are scheduled for floor action, they typically have enough support to pass.

H.J.Res. 85: Making continuing appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 84: Making continuing appropriations for Head Start for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 83: Making continuing appropriations for the Impact Aid program of the Department of Education for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 82: Making continuing appropriations for the National Weather Service for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 76: Making continuing appropriations for the National Nuclear Security Administration for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.R. 3223: Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 79: Making continuing appropriations for certain components of the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 80: Making continuing appropriations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and the Indian Health Service for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 78: Making continuing appropriations for national intelligence program operations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 77: Making continuing appropriations for the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 75: Making continuing appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 03, 2013.

H.J.Res. 73: National Institutes of Health Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Oct 02, 2013.

Status: This resolution passed in the House on October 2, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

H.J.Res. 59: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014
The House Majority Leader indicated the resolution would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 30, 2013.

Status: This resolution has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on September 27, 2013.

H.R. 3205: Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 27, 2013.

H.R. 2083: Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 27, 2013.

H.R. 2374: Retail Investor Protection Act
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 24, 2013.

H.R. 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 24, 2013.

H.R. 687: Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 24, 2013.

H.R. 185: To designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the “Paul Brown United States Courthouse”.
The House Majority Leader indicated the bill would be considered in the week ahead on Sep 24, 2013.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Here you go again were is the backup to your spin....

The Republican-led House offered its latest gambit on Tuesday night but failed in separate votes to approve piecemeal funding for three specific programs -- the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks.

I'll bet you lie to your kids too....

The Congress just passed a BILL to fund the National Guard?????????????????????????????

http://www.democratichub.com/legislation.aspx?o=pv&gclid=CM2ZuO3P_bkCFcF...

Please provide the Bill.....

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