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Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Most Idaho National Guard members furloughed due to the government shutdown will return to work this week. Col. Tim Marsano in a statement on Sunday says some members will return to work Monday, and most will return on Tuesday. The move comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly all 350,000 furloughed Defense Department civilian employees back on the job. Hagel says he based his decision on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act, which was passed shortly before the partial government shutdown began. About 850 Idaho National Guard employees were placed on furlough.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 800 Idaho National Guard employees will start taking furlough days mandated by federal budget cuts. Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano says about 860 full-time employees will have one unpaid day off each week between now and the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Marsano says the federal budget cuts affect 860 military technicians and civilian workers. The federal budget cuts took effect when Congress failed to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan. For military families, the furloughs mean living with a 20 percent reduction in pay over the next several months. Marsano said it's also too soon to tell what kind of impact the furloughs will have on response to any disasters.
Idaho’s congressional delegation - Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson - issued the following statement on the big Idaho Guard deployment to Iraq announced today:
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the families whose loved ones will be deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are pleased that the Idaho National Guard will be providing family support training sessions to help prepare them for the deployment. We have always supported efforts to ensure our military men and women have the resources they need to carry out and complete their missions successfully. The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team is home to some of the nation’s finest, and we know they are trained and prepared for their upcoming mission. We wish them success and look forward to welcoming each of them home.”
More than 2,700 members of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, shown here training near Gowen Field, are being mobilized in September for deployment to Iraq, the guard announced today. About 1,500 of the Guard members being deployed are from Idaho; the rest are from Oregon and Montana. The team will have two months of stateside training in Mississippi, then begin replacing other deployed units in Iraq starting in November. The 116th is the same team that was deployed to Iraq in 2004-05, the largest deployment in Idaho history.
“They were commended for their outstanding and professional service to our nation. I know they will represent our state well again on this deployment,” said Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. “I want to remind Idahoans that this yearlong deployment will impact communities, businesses, families and individuals throughout our state. I also ask Idahoans to join me in wishing the best to our men and women in uniform, and their family members. With the help and understanding of friends, employers and other community members, I have no doubt our hometown heroes will succeed again.” Click below to read the full announcement from the Idaho National Guard.