Kentucky National Guard impacted by federal government shutdown

Staff Report

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Due to the current federal government shutdown Kentucky National Guard military and civilian technicians have received furlough notices, and orders have been cancelled for a significant number of troops on temporary duty.  The shutdown impacts approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent personnel and their families.

The approximate statewide payroll cost of the shutdown is  $319,000 per day.

Many full-time employee positions will be backfilled by active duty guard members not affected by the furlough.  The furloughed personnel will be reinstated upon appropriated funds by Congress.

In addition, military drill training weekends for the part-time troops, both Army and Air, have been suspended until further notice.  This affects all 8,500 Soldiers and Airmen in the Kentucky National Guard.

More than 160,000 National Guard members are affected in 54 states and territories nationwide by the shutdown.

For specific information regarding how the government shutdown affects National Guard members go to http://www.nationalguard.mil/default.aspx

If you are a Kentucky National Guard member, military or civilian technician and want to know how you are affected, contact Col. Hal Lamberton at 502-607-1083.

Media queries should come to David Altom, 502-607-1562.

Affected employees are advised to monitor the news for updates on the furlough situation.

TRI-CARE

When ADOS orders are revoked and removed from DEERS, Active Duty TRICARE stops, service members can purchase TRICARE Reserve Select without a break in coverage.

Click here for instructions on how to apply for TRICARE Reserve Select.

TRICARE Contact Numbers- North 877-874-2273 / South 800-444-5445

TRS Monthly Premiums:
– $52 Single – $195.81 Family

TRS Annual Deductibles:
– E4 and below $50 Single/$100 Family
– E5 and above $150 Single/$300 Family

For more information contact:

1SG(r) Joan Kivior
KY Family/Soldier Assistance Coordinator DoD Contractor/DEERS VO
MPSCRC/Kentucky National Guard
502-607-1513/502-682-6519  BB
800-372-7601 opt 1
fax 502-607-1570