COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - The South Carolina National Guard is scaling back operations due to the federal government shutdown.
Adjutant General Robert Livingston says 667 soldiers and airmen are currently on furlough – most of those, federal technicians who are officially classified as civilians.
“We're kind of backing off on some of our maintenance activities, some of our long-term readiness preparations,” Livingston told the South Carolina Radio Network.
“We pushed our drills...our training for the majority of our troops to the end of the month, hoping that the furloughs will be over by that time.”
But the state's Air National Guard F-16 fighter wing, based at McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Eastover, is taking to the skies to prepare for an upcoming deployment.
Livingston says there are about a dozen contractors who work with the Guard for family services and job placement.
Those employees are not affected by the government shutdown.
(Photo courtesy of SC National Guard)