FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – Fort Benning plans to move forward with limited services, despite the Senate agreeing to reopen the government temporarily.
Fort Benning leaders are taking prudent measures and preparing for an orderly shutdown, which includes identifying civilian employees who will be in furlough status and identifying risks and impacts of a potential shutdown.
Fort Benning will remain open. All of the essential services – law enforcement, medical, Martin Army Community Hospital, dental facilities, childcare facilities, access control points, emergency services, and fire services will remain in service during this time.
In addition, the Post Exchange, convenience stores, and most Department of Family, Morale and Welfare operations, programs and services will continue. Casualty, trainee support, separations, and ID cards will remain operational.
The following sections will continue with limited services: In-processing/Out-Processing, Soldier Readiness Program, retirement, and reassignments. administrative and civil law attorney remain open and all other legal services will be suspended.
The education center and Soldier for Life offices will have reduced services as those services will be delivered via contracted personnel only.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, Fort Benning's commissary will be closed.
Those government employees deemed non-mission essential received notification on Monday to stop work and return when recalled by their supervisors. Those government employees deemed key and mission essential will remain on duty during the government shutdown.
All soldiers and most contract employees will remain on duty as well.
When the government resumes operations, federal employees are encouraged to wait for notification from their supervisors before returning to work.