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Government Shutdown Impacts Some Base Services, Closures Announced

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Various offices and base services have been impacted by the Federal government shutdown that took effect, Oct. 1. The following is a list of what's open and what's closed on Los Angeles AFB.

The following will be open:

- Security forces will continue all law enforcement and security functions but all reports and analysis functions will not be available

- All civil engineering functions will continue as normal

- All communications squadron functions will continue as normal

- CDC will be open

- Youth Center's Before and After School Programs will be open

- Fitness center at El Segundo will be open

- El Segundo and Ft MacArthur Medical Clinics will be open; however, some services may be curtailed

- ID Card section will be open by appointment only

- Enlisted Career Development & Awards/Evaluations will be available on a walk-in basis; customers may experience delays

- Mortuary function (PADD/Entitlements briefing) will be available

- Casualty Notification will be available

- ITT & Equipment Rental will be open normal operating hours

- Catered events at Fort Mac will not be impacted

- The Club at El Segundo will offer a limited breakfast and lunch menu

- Lodging will maintain normal operating hours

- Fort Mac Swimming Pool will be open, Saturdays and Sundays only (regular fall hours)

The following will be closed:

- Ft. MacArthur Fitness Center

- All education and testing services

- Airman & Family Readiness Center

- Official Passports and Officer Promotions

In separate news releases,  DeCA, AAFES and TriCare announced shutdown impacts to their operations.

The Los Angeles AFB commissary and other stateside commissaries will be open regular business hours on Oct. 1 to reduce the amount of perishables on-hand before beginning a systematic closure process to account for unsold products and secure facilities. If the shutdown lasts longer than a day, the commissary will be closed for the duration of the shutdown. Overseas commissaries will remain open.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will continue normal operations during the shutdown. The Exchange will be largely unaffected by the shutdown since the service's funding is mostly non-appropriated. Nearly 97 percent of AAFES' funding is generated by sales and less than three percent of its budget comes from tax dollar support.

On October 1, 2013, the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement:

"We know that those who rely on the Military Health System (MHS) are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care.

While we can't predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our MHS, we will likely see some impact on the delivery of health care services within our military hospitals and clinics. Inpatient, acute and emergency outpatient care in our medical and dental facilities will continue, as will private sector care under TRICARE. Local hospital and clinic commanders will need to implement the required adjustments to available medical services while ensuring that the quality of care and safety of patients remain intact. Patients should contact their hospital or clinic to confirm previously scheduled routine appointments. Patients needing to schedule new routine appointments might experience delays.

For TRICARE beneficiaries using providers in the private sector, little or no effect is anticipated at this time.

The MHS leadership - comprised of the assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, the director of the Defense Health Agency, and the surgeons general of the military departments - are closely monitoring the situation regarding a possible government shutdown on the health services provided to our 9.6 million beneficiaries."

During the government shutdown, TRICARE won't be able to process or pay TRICARE travel claims for the TRICARE Prime or the Combat-Related Specialty Care travel benefits. Customers can still file claims. TRICARE will review claims for eligibility and process them once the government shutdown ends.