By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Schriever Air Force Base welcomed back more than 390 previously furloughed civilians last week in accordance with Department of Defense guidance.
These civilians joined the already excepted employees based on their contribution to the “morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members” as stated in the guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
“From day one, our primary focus has been to rapidly get as many people back to work as soon as possible; and we will continue these efforts. We are a team, a family -always have been. We will not be a fully-functioning organization until the last member returns,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning in a news story posted Oct. 6.
Although many offices’ manning has returned to normal, their presence does not mark a return to business as usual.
“We are glad to welcome back the majority of our civilians,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander. “However, we still do not have an appropriations bill or a continuing resolution and that is disruptive and draining.”
This lack of appropriations has brought many day-to-day operations to a halt. Temporary duty travel, for example, has been limited to “mission-critical” only. Additionally, there are no funds allocated to purchase supplies and equipment.
“Everyone is being affected in one way or another,” said Liquori. “I am proud of the great group of professionals we have here and their exceptional performance to ensure we continue to command and control satellites to deliver decisive global effects.”
The extent of the government shutdown impact changes daily. To try to assist members with understanding these implications, the Air Force has posted a Frequently Asked Questions section on www.af.mil. The current list addresses issues such as pay and finance, education, training and travel, and is updated daily.
“We need to continue to look out for each other and to support our wingmen,” said Liquori. “We are committed to taking care of our affected personnel throughout these uncertain times.”
There are several agencies available to help Airmen on Schriever. Members should talk to their supervisors to determine the best avenue for their personal situation.
For a list of resources and impacts specific to Schriever, visit www.schriever.af.mil.