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Published October 01, 2013, 05:45 PM

Shutdown affects ND Guard soldiers for second time this year

The first federal shutdown in 17 years and the effects are being felt immediately in North Dakota. One group of people, National Guard soldiers, are facing their second pay cut this year due to the federal government.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The first federal shutdown in 17 years and the effects are being felt immediately in North Dakota. One group of people, National Guard soldiers, are facing their second pay cut this year due to the federal government.

The same National Guard technicians who were furloughed this summer are now out of a job, without pay, until congress refunds the federal government. Nearly 60 National Guard technicians, shown here earlier this summer, weren't at work today. Camp Grafton Training Center Manager Lieutenant Colonial Clark Johnson says only nine technicians were able to stay on board during the shutdown. Most of the technicians work in maintenance shops at Camp Grafton. Other enlisted soldiers won't lose their jobs or their paycheck, but the lack of technicians means it will make it harder for other soldiers to use military equipment to perform essential duties.

If the shutdown stretches into the weekend, the camp will be forced to cancel scheduled military drills, which usually brings hundreds of soldiers to Camp Grafton. Johnson says there's no way to know yet if the technicians will get any back pay from the shutdown if and when congress eventually passes a budget.

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