ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The government shutdown requires a furlough for all non-excepted personnel, affecting approximately 500 civilians at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.starting Jan. 20, 2018.
Civilians will report to work on Monday following their normal duty hours and receive guidance from their chain of command.Military personnel on active duty, including reservists on federal service, will continue to report for duty. Personnel on temporary duty status will receive information from their supervisors.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and will update everyone with new information as it arrives,” said Col. John Edwards, 28th Bomb Wing commander. “Thank you for your patience,understanding and dedication to the 28th Bomb Wing. We are working hard to minimize the impact to our workforce while ensuring we meet our mission and care for our Airmen and families.”
The Fire Department, Security Forces, Ambulance Services, Child Development Center, Youth Center, Civil Engineer Squadron Snow Operations, Medical Treatment Facility, Dental Clinic,Dining Facility, Lodging, Fitness Center and Military Personnel Flight will remain open.
The Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) will also be open, but the Base Exchange will close early on Wednesday for inventory and the Shoppette will close early on Thursday. The Commissary will remain open through Wednesday and close on Thursday.The Airmen & Family Readiness Center will be open for Air Force Aid requests, Red Cross notifications and Causality Services only. The Bowling Center, Auto Skills Center, Outdoor Recreation, Arts and Crafts and Theater will remain open with minimal degradation.The Library and Education Center will be closed for the duration of the shutdown and the Civilian Personnel Office will close immediately following furlough notification on Monday.