SHILOH, Ill. (KMOX) – 3,000 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base are expected to be sent home Tuesday after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution, prompting a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Preparing for the possible shutdown yesterday, Colonel Kyle Kremer said all Scott Air Force Base employees will report to work as usual Tuesday. Those employees deemed “non-essential” will then be given a furlough notice and sent home.
Another 2,000 employees will continue working at the base, without pay for now, because they are “mission critical.”
Kremer says everyone on the base hopes the problem will get resolved fast.
“This is a political decision and Congress is working through to try to pass legislation. It’s been very destructive to us so the sooner it gets passed and they come to an agreement, the better it is for all of us,” he said.
Kremer says Scott Air Force Base will continue to stay up and running and meet all its duties to carry out the nation’s defense. Scott is the brain center for the military’s logistics, coordinating ships, planes, and supplies around the world.
“The public needs to know that we will continue to operate and support the national defense. The United States Transportation Command, the Mobility Command, the Service Distribution Command are all headquartered here, providing for global transportation, rapid global mobility for our nation,” Kremer said.