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Furloughs strike across midstate installations

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The effects of the ongoing partial government shutdown are a mixed bag for military-related installations in the midstate.

Of about 2,000 full-time employees at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, about half are furloughed, according to Major Ed Shank, spokesman with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

They include more than 500 federal employees and nearly 500 military technicians along with more than 40 civilian employees, Shank said via email.

Updated information on the large Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg site in Cumberland County was not immediately available.

Classes have remained in session at the U.S. Army War College in Cumberland County amid the shutdown, according to statements posted by the college.

But the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is closed until further notice, according to a message on its website.

For the Carlisle Barracks, military personnel are exempt from furlough but some of the civilian workforce is not.

About 76 percent of the war college's civilian workforce of nearly 320 people has been furloughed, spokeswoman Carol Kerr said. About 43 percent of the nearly 160 civilian employees of the garrison are furloughed, she said.

Also, the site's medical clinic remains open, Kerr said. The commissary stayed open Tuesday but was to close as of today along with others stateside.

The Lebanon VA Medical Center in Lebanon County will remain fully operational during the shutdown and health care appointments will not be affected, according to a statement on the center's website.

Its six community-based outpatient clinics around the region also remain open along with centers in Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

In Franklin County, about 2,500 employees remain on the job and operations are continuing at Letterkenny Army Depot, spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant said.

The chains of command of tenant organizations at the depot would confirm their employee statuses, according to a depot statement.

In addition to military and associated operations, the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a rundown Tuesday outlining what is open and what is not in the community, which includes Gettysburg National Military Park.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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