Washington National Guard cancels all drills this weekend
The (Tacoma, Wash.) News Tribune
All 8,000 members of the Washington National Guard are staying home this weekend because of the federal government shutdown and they will not receive their monthly drill pay, the state Military Department announced today.
About 6,000 citizen soldiers serve in the Washington Army National Guard. Another 2,000 serve in the Air National Guard.
This weekend’s drills were expected to take place at different locations all over the state.
Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the military department, said Army and Air Force leaders are looking for ways to help troops compensate for the loss in pay once the shutdown is resolved.
“They’re going to lose out on the money for October drill but they’ll be able to make up those days,” she said.
The Washington National Guard also has furloughed some 850 civilian employees because of the shutdown.