Shutdown Cancels Minnesota Guard Drills
LITTLE FALLS (AP) — Most Minnesota National Guard units have postponed or canceled drills scheduled for this weekend because of the federal government shutdown.
The National Guard’s state training officer says a few units will continue to drill for specific training requirements.
Meanwhile, about 350 military technicians who work at Camp Ripley remain on furlough.
About 2,100 full-time military personnel support Minnesota National Guard activities. Of those, 1,207 are military technicians who have been furloughed since Monday.
Military technicians were not included in a bill signed by President Barack Obama authorizing payment to troops during the shutdown.
A Camp Ripley spokesman declined to comment on the type of work the technicians perform or how the furloughs are affecting the workload of those still working at the camp.