DOVER, Del. - The effects of the federal government shutdown are being felt in Delaware's military establishment.
Delaware National Guard officials said some 350 full-time soldiers and airmen in the Guard were sent home without pay Tuesday until further notice. The 350 affected Guardsmen are uniformed federal technicians who make up almost half of the full-time Delaware National Guard staff.
Meanwhile, official at Dover Air Force Base said that about half of the approximately 1,000 civilian workers at the base have been placed on emergency furlough.
Base officials also said the library and commissary will be closed until further notice, but that positions that directly support wartime operations are not currently subject to furlough.
Base commander Col. Rick Moore said the actions are taking a toll on the morale of the civilian workforce.
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