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Thousands at Fort Detrick Affected by Government Shutdown

"I think the federal government employee truly understands the impact because they feel it in their paychecks."
FREDERICK, Md. - More than 2,000 employees at Fort Detrick aren't going to work because of the government shutdown.

Fort Detrick Commander Colonel Steven Middlecamp says of the post's 11,000 employees, 20 percent of what's known as the non-excepted workers won't get paid. Most of those employees are administrative workers.

"I think the federal government employee truly understands the impact because they feel it in their paychecks," Middlecamp said. "They hear it from their leaders, the compassion and care we provide in terms of that notification process and concern asking each of them, 'Are you okay?'"

The commissary will also be closed during the shutdown. However, the gates, child care center, and gym will be open.

"We will continue to have fire police and emergency services available," Middlecamp said. "We'll continue to have those services to support our mission partners."

The last time the government shut down was 17 years ago.
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