Fort Bliss to continue operations amid government shutdown

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Fort Bliss will continue its operations following the recent government shutdown, military officials announced Friday.

According to a Facebook post, furloughs for some civilian employees will take place, while a limited number of other personnel will work at reduced levels.

Officials say all active-duty military personnel will continue in a normal duty status, but will not be paid until Congress makes funding available.

According to the post, the following services are expected to run as outlined:

  • Fire: Fire services will continue operations in their core functions. Areas such as emergency response will operate business as usual. Administrative services will be curtailed.
  • Police: Police services will continue operations in their core functions. Areas such as emergency response will operate business as usual. Administrative services will be extremely limited.
  • Medical Services: We kindly ask your patience and indulgence as we work through staffing adjustments necessitated by the mandatory furloughs.

Officials say military treatment facilities will also continue providing the following services, even if there is an absence of appropriations:

  • Medical/Dental readiness support
  • Emergency Care/Response
  • All inpatient and wounded warrior care
  • Pharmacies (to include prescription refills), labs, and radiology
  • Timely follow-up and management of existing conditions
  •  Scheduling of acute appointments for ongoing and follow-up care will continue.
  • Medical care such as BH, OB, Pediatrics, Adult Wellness, etc. will be sustained.
  • Appointments already scheduled will not be canceled and care will be provided in conjunction with same-day care.
  • Accreditation-dependent GME medical care activities will continue and are considered excepted functions under shutdown guidance.
  • Medical support to mission critical operational forces, to include training, will continue.
  • Minimum Support Services required to sustain excepted activities will continue.
  • Fort Bliss Commissary: Will be open through Jan. 24, with operations re-evaluated afterward if furlough still in place.
  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) operations will be business as usual
  • All MWR/Facilities will be open; however, Army Community Service Programs will be minimally manned.
  • Museum: Open to visitors.

“Even during these tough times, we remain committed to providing our beneficiaries with the highest quality care available,” officials wrote in the post. 

For updates, follow the Fort Bliss Facebook page HERE.

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