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Impacts of Government Shutdown at JBLM

Published: 02:39PM October 1st, 2013

Starting Oct. 1, the government is on a limited government shutdown.

Below is a summary of how the shutdown will impact services at JBLM. We’ve tried to minimize the impact on the JBLM community, but you will see significant reductions in services.

Also recommend that anyone doing business with a JBLM agency to call that agency first to ensure it is open prior to visiting the base.


Units training at JBLM and Yakima Training Center will see little impact if any. We will still operate the Range Support Office and the Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) to support all planned unit training for the near term.

On JBLM the following facilities and services WILL NOT be impacted:
1) All Exchange services will be opened and operating under normal hours

2) All emergency services will be operating as normal

3) Range Support Office both at JBLM and YTC will be operating under normal hours

4) Ammunition Supply Point will be operating under normal hours

5) The Child Development Centers will operate as normal

6) Youth Services Teen Zone, SKIES, School aged services, Teen Centers will continue with normal operations

7) Youth Sports Program will continue as planned

8) The Dining Facilities will remain open and operational

9) The gyms will be open and operating under normal hours

10) On-post housing support through Equity will not be impacted

11) Alcohol Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will be operating normally

12) On and Off-post elementary, middle and high schools are not impacted

13) Central Issue Facility (CIF) is open and operating under normal times

14) Most MWR activities will continue under normal hours. These include the Warrior Zone, the American Lake Convention Center, the Cascade Community Center, the Bowling Center as an example (For more MWR info, see below)

15) Army Emergency Relief at ACS Annex 2166 and Air Force Aid Society at the A&FRC will continue to operate as normal

16) SHARP, Victim Advocates, New Parent Support and Military Family Life Counselors will continue with normal operations

17) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) respite care for current enrollees will continue with normal operations

18) UPDATED: Contracted laundry and fuels is maintaining normal operating hours with no reduction of services.

19) UPDATED: JBLM Trap and Skeet Range will be operating as normal. Open Tuesday, Thursday and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clay fun shoot scheduled for Oct. 5 is not affected.

On JBLM the following facilities and services WILL be impacted:
1) Funds for Troop Appliance Repair/Replacement does not exist. This means the appliances you currently have in the barracks are all we have. We don’t have the ability to fix or replace any that are broken or damaged.

2) The commissaries will be closed starting 2 October

3) Madigan Army Medical Center

a. During the government shutdown, Madigan Army Medical Center’s priority will be to ensure there is minimal impact on its beneficiaries and health care delivery.

b. MAMC has identified health care services that must be maintained in order to preserve the safety of those we serve. Consequently, all inpatient and wounded warrior care activities will continue as normal during the government shutdown.

c. Patients will still be able to schedule medical appointments for most outpatient services, and none of the scheduled appointments will be canceled. The appointment line at

d. 1-800-404-4506 will remain open for beneficiaries to inquire about their appointments and for those in need of urgent “non-emergency” care. Pharmacy services will also remain open at all locations.

e. Non-emergency elective medical and dental surgeries will be curtailed during the government shutdown. Impacted patients will be notified personally of any changes.

4) Waller Hall will be opened with significantly reduced services:

a. Casualty Assistance Center under normal hours

b. ID Card Section- Closed. Four contractors will re-locate to McChord Field Building 100 to provide ID Card services.

c. Retirement Services Office- Closed

d. Transition Processing Center- There will be reduced operations. Contractors augmented with Corps G1 at Waller Hall will provide separation packets to be completed by service members. DD 214s will be completed and mailed to service members at a later date.

e. Reassignment Processing Center- There will be reduced operations. Contractors will provide briefing information. (Currently 760 personnel are in orders/PCS process. They will be delayed until either the shutdown is lifted. We are working a mitigation strategy with Corps G1 and and 593rd. However, that will not be in place for a number of days.)

f. Official Mail- Closed

g. Visas/Passports- Closed

h. Soldier Readiness Center (SRC)- operating under normal hours

i. 24/7 reception for newly arrived military personnel will still occur.

j. In-processing: Days 1 & 2 won’t be accomplished. This include finance, travel, EFMP, ACS brief, fire safety, education brief, ASAP brief, housing brief, 201 files, medical/dental and financial readiness. Days 3-5 can be accomplished. That includes CIF and Resiliency Training.

k. Building 100- operating under normal conditions with the exception of vehicles passes and weapons registration. Expect delays due to Waller Hall shutdowns
5) Army Community Service- Closed with the exception of SHARP and AER

6) Army and Airmen Career and Alumni Program- Reduced operations. All TAP and DOL transition counseling/services will continue. The VA counseling services are still in question.

7) Public Works Work/Service Orders will not be processed except for emergencies

8) Public Works will execute only “non-deferrable” preventive maintenance checks (about 600 per month). This means about 1000 preventive checks will not be accomplished (per month).

9) EO/EEO will be closed

10) Off-post housing services are closed.

11) Installation Safety Office will be minimally manned.

12) Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Maintenance is closed.

13) DOL central receiving will be open to receive but will not be issuing items.

14) There will be no off-base housing support available.

15) Youth Fitness Center at Jensen Fitness Center will be closed

16) Coaches meetings are canceled

17) McChord Field Dorm Room assignments and maintenance will be delayed

18) Installation Museums are closed.

19) UPDATED: Visual Information Services (former TASC): Closed except for technicians supporting 3-2 SBCT FTX at YTC and oversight for Virtual Sim Contractor I/Os. (photos available, NO video)

20) The following future events are canceled- AFAP Conference, Domestic Violence Conference

21) The libraries will operate on limited hours

a. GRANDSTAFF LIBRARY - New Hours: MON-FRI, 0900-1800

b. MCCHORD FIELD LIBRARY - New Hours: MON-FRI, 1000-1800

22) Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO)- normal operating hours; expect delays

23) The Education Centers. Contractors and military personnel will continue operations. Both Stone and Hawk Education Centers will be opened for College Courses, but no academic/ career counseling services will be available. College and university classes will continue as normal. Facility requests will continue

The following MWR programs will remain FULLY OPERATIONAL:
1) Army Emergency Relief at ACS Annex 2166 and Air Force Aid Society at the

2) A&FRC.There may be increased wait times due to support staff being furloughed.

3) SHARP, Victim Advocates, New Parent Support and Military Family Life Counselors will continue with normal operations, and EFMP respite care for current enrollees.

4) In/out-processing will continue between 0800-1400, but wait times will be long due to lack of support staff. Emergency situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis for ACS as a whole.

5) Children and Youth Programs will operate normally, with the exception of the Youth Fitness Program at Jensen Fitness Center & the Youth Sports Coaches meeting. These have been canceled.

6) All Fitness Centers

7) All MWR Food & Beverage facilities

8) Golf Courses

9) Bowling Centers

10) Outdoor Recreation, including NW Adventure Center & Adventures Unlimited

11) Leisure Travel Services

The following MWR programs will operate with reduced hours:
1) Grandstaff Library — New Hours: MON-FRI, 0900-1800

2) McChord Field Library — New Hours: MON-FRI, 1000-1800

The following MWR programs/events are canceled until further notice:
1) All scheduled ACS classes, programs/events and individual appointments.

2) All ACS facilities will be closed except as noted above. There will be no services in SFAC, SOS, EFMP (to include Respite Care NEW PROCESSING), Family Advocacy, Relocation, Financial Readiness (except AER/AFA), Employment Readiness, Information & Referral, Mob/Dep (to include SPR), AFAP, AFTB and Volunteer Programs.

3) Youth Fitness Program at Jensen Fitness Center & the Youth Sports Coaches meeting

4) Fire Safety Fair, Oct. 12

For updated information, please check the DFMWR website, and the DFMWR Facebook page, JBLM Family and MWR.

The following installation courses are canceled:
1) Ammo Manager 7-8 October

2) PSI Course 8 October

3) JPAS Course 9 October

4) Med Pros- 11 October

5) Schools NCO 15-16 October

6) 1SG/Commanders Course 21-25 October

The following installation courses will continue as planned due to military instructors:
1. Ammo Handler Course 2 Oct 2013

2. Battle Staff Phase 2 7 Oct- 6 Nov 2013

3. Combat Marksmanship Level 1 (CMTC) 7-18 Oct 2013

4. Field Sanitation 7-11 Oct 2013

5. Practical Extended Rifle Range Course (PERRC) 15-18 Oct 2013

6. Air Load Planner (Air Force Instructed)15-25 Oct 2013

7. Equipment Prep 15-25 Oct 2013