Facilities, services shut down on AAFB

October 2, 2013

Due to Tuesday’s partial government shutdown, multiple facilities and services have adjusted hours or closed on Altus Air Force Base until further notice.

The Commissary will be closed starting today. Also closed until further notice is the civilian personnel office and base library. The base fitness center is closed until Thursday, and will only be open weekdays with limited hours of 6 to 9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. No classes will be offered and the fitness center will be closed on the weekends. The education center will have limited service, and will not process tuition assistance applications or provide testing services. The youth center will close an hour earlier during open rec time Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The postal service center will remain open, but will have limited or delayed service. The Airmen & Family Readiness Center will have limited service Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The military personnel section will not offer passport or visa services.

Charlie’s Lounge will be open Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays.

Other activities that have also been limited or cancelled because of the government shutdown include cable and internet terminated in all dormitories, but will still be available at Club Altus, Charlie’s Officers Lounge, Galaxy Lanes Bowling Center and the Freedom Community Center.

Recycling pickup is cancelled until further notice on base.

321 Altus Air Force Base civilian employees in all will be furloughed until further notice, unless excepted.

From Col. Spangenthal, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander regarding furloughs: “I want to thank all of our elite and professional civilian teammates for their contributions to our Wing. Our Wing will do everything we can to help all our teammates through this stressful time. Rest assured that although civilian furloughs represent significant challenges, we will continue to execute our Air Force mission.”

The Altus AFB mission of forging combat mobility forces and deploying Airmen warriors will continue, as Altus leadership has identified non-excepted personnel that are essential to their mission.

More information regarding limited services will be released as it becomes available.

“Every member of the Altus AFB team is important to accomplishing our mission,” said Col. Bill Spangenthal, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander. “This unfortunate disruption is distressing to our civilian teammates, our Airmen and our families.”

Lawmakers locked in the political stare-down were buffeted today by rising anger from across the nation after the partial government shutdown ruined vacations, sapped businesses and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. Some on Capitol Hill ominously suggested the impasse might last for weeks, but a few Republicans seemed ready to blink.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement about the shutdown of the federal government:

“A government shutdown has real implications for Oklahomans, seniors, small business owners, veterans, and civilian employees that support our military installations. At this time, the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the Senate several common-sense solutions to fund the government while addressing the concerns Americans have for the President’s healthcare law. The President could have accepted the proposal to delay the law’s individual mandate, a delay he already gave to big businesses. He could have accepted the one-year delay on ObamaCare or the elimination of the special carve-out for Congress. Let me remind you that since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the President has signed 14 laws that have amended or repealed portions of ObamaCare; delayed at least 5 provisions of the law, independent of Congress; and missed half of the deadlines for implementation. Yet today, the President won’t come to the table to address Americans’ concerns about implementation and funding of this disastrous piece of legislation. He and the Democrats have instead chosen to shut down the government rather than negotiate. I encourage the President and my Senate colleagues to come to the table and end this shutdown.”