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MacDill workers among many affected by gov't shutdown

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Congress' shutdown of the government is expected to have a big impact on MacDill Air Force Base, meaning some workers will be without a paycheck.

Thousands of civilian employees are facing forced furloughs. More than 4,000 civilian employees work on the base, but it's still unclear how many will be furloughed until a solution is reached in Washington.

MacDill issued this statement:

"If the government shuts down, MacDill would be affected just like every other military installation around the world. Most operations and activities will halt and many civilian employees assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing will be furloughed. The absence our Civilian Airmen will have an incredible impact on services across the base."

It continued:

"We expect to see reduced service levels to include: our family readiness programs, education and training programs and medical programs, plus other areas that take care of our service men and women, retirees and entire MacDill community. The government shutdown will have a lasting impact on our families and service men and women, but should not hinder existing operations or the safety and security of our forces and base."

MacDill's civilian employees were already forced to take six unpaid days off this year as a result of automatic spending cuts, or sequestration. Those went into effect in March.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Tuesday morning that the shutdown may impact outdoor recreation plans in Florida at federal parks and wildlife refuges.

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