The government shutdown is going to impact Fort Jackson. But it will not be a total shutdown at the U.S. Army’s largest training installation.
In fact, much of Fort Jackson will remain operational as the shutdown continues to be debated and addressed in Washington.
The government shutdown won’t affect the fort’s ability to keep its soldiers, civilian and family members safe, or the installation secure, according to a news release issued by fort officials Sunday.
Additionally, fire and emergency services and security operations will continue uninterrupted and the gates will remain open, as training will continue through the shutdown.
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According to fort officials, these services, activities and responsibilities will go on unaffected by the shutdown:
- All active duty personnel will report to work as usual.
- Child and Youth Services operations will continue.
- Fort Jackson DODEA (elementary) schools are on normal schedule.
- Dining facilities will remain open.
- Gyms will remain open.
- Healthcare services remain unchanged and open to DoD eligible beneficiaries.
- The PX, gas stations, Shopettes (convenience stores), movie theater and outdoor recreation services will stay open.
Fort officials said all civilians should report to duty as they normally would. But they will be informed if the shutdown affects them at that point.
Other areas impacted by the shutdown include:
- All leave is canceled for civilian employees.
- Almost all government travel will be delayed, canceled or cut short.
- As of right now, the commissary will remain open until close of business Wednesday at which time it will close. They will also be opened on Monday which is a change from normal operating hours.
Fort Jackson staff will continue to provide updates as the full effects of the shutdown are realized. As always, the chain of command or supervisory chain remains the best source for information and guidance.