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Marines Will Furlough 3,581 Civilian Employees in Region

Marine Corps officials say civilian furloughs will impact 1,282 employees at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center outside Twentynine Palms.

Dawn before weapons training at Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center outside Twentynine Palms, Calif., January 2013. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Dawn before weapons training at Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center outside Twentynine Palms, Calif., January 2013. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Because of the federal government shutdown, the Marine Corps will furlough 3,581 civilian employees in Southern California and Arizona, including 1,282 at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center outside Twentynine Palms, according to the corps.

A Marine Corps statement said the only civilian employees remaining on the job are those who are required to provide crucial services that protect life, safety and property, provide essential range, training and air operations, or provide necessary utility services.

Civilians who are not required will receive their official notices Tuesday and be placed on emergency furlough. Civilian employees will be allowed 3-4 hours Tuesday to turn on out-of-office email settings, set voicemails, and secure their work space.

Here is a summary of the impact of the shutdown on Marine Corps operations:
  • Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command 29 Palms: 1,282 furloughed
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton: 1,163 furloughed
  • Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton: 34 furloughed
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar: 328 furloughed
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego: 360 furloughed
  • Marine Corps Air Station Yuma: 176 furloughed
  • Commissaries aboard base will be open Tuesday to sell remaining perishable items, but will be closed indefinitely starting Wednesday.
  • All Pass & ID offices will be closed.
  • Personnel and residents of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton may experience degradations in services and support from base agencies.

For more info about Marine Corps Community Services closures, visit http://mccscp.com/shutdown.
Diego Jones October 02, 2013 at 12:13 PM
3,581 civilian employees? That's like 1 worker for every soldier. What can they do that a Marine can't?
Otis Blanchard October 03, 2013 at 10:35 AM
I can't speak for the marines, but for example all the flight readiness duties for equipment for Lackland afb for the pilots are taken care of by civilian contractors. This lets the fighter pilots focus on training and takes care of 4-8 hours of essencial prep time per pilot, per-flight. Therefore, the pilot can focus on combat readiness and training.

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