Officials at Kentucky's two major Army posts say basic services such as utilities, public safety and hospital emergency services are still functioning despite a partial government shutdown. Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards says some civilian employees have received furlough notices, but soldiers and other essential personnel are still on duty.
Col. David "Buck" Dellinger — the Garrison Commander at Fort Campbell — says soldier training and operation in preparation for deployments were taking place as scheduled Tuesday. The post is preparing to send two brigades — the 2nd Brigade Combat Team with about 2,000 soldiers and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade with 1,800 personnel — to Afghanistan in the coming months. Fort Campbell spokesman Bob Jenkins says the nine schools operating at Fort Campbell will remain in session.
Plus, officials at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond, Kentucky say normal operations continue there.