Military units across the Pacific Northwest have canceled or postponed training scheduled for this weekend as a result of the government shutdown in Washington, D.C.
The cancellation impacts thousands of Guardsmen and Reservists serving in Washington and Idaho.
The Washington Military Department confirmed Wednesday morning that both the Washington Army National Guard and Air National Guard has canceled training for all units for the weekend of Oct. 5-6.
The cancellation of the upcoming drill weekend impacts approximately 8,000 Guardsmen across the state.
The Washington Military Department reports that the canceled drills will be made up at a later date.
Idaho National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler announced Wednesday morning the postponement of monthly training for Idaho Air and Army Guard members.
“Due to the uncertainty caused by the current government shutdown, we have no choice but to postpone this important monthly training,” Seyler said.
For Idaho Army Guardsmen scheduled to train the weekend of Oct. 5-6, their drill weekend has been postponed until Oct. 19-20. If the government shutdown has not been resolved by then, a new drill weekend would be scheduled.
For Idaho Air Guardsmen, the Oct. 5-6 drill weekend has been cancelled. Once the government shutdown ends, plans will be made to make up the drill weekend.
The Marine Forces Reserves public affairs office in New Orleans confirmed that all Marine units, not currently in a pre-deployment work-up cycle have had their training cancelled or postponed until the government shutdown is resolved.
The Army Reserve public affairs office confirmed that until the shutdown is resolved, unless units are already conducting training, such as their two-week annual training cycle, Army Reserve units will not conduct their monthly training.
The Navy Reserve public affairs office reports that all Reserve units have had their training scheduled for October deferred until the shutdown is resolved.