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The Missouri National Guard will continue essential services if faced with a governmental shutdown.

Date: September 30, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau

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The impending shut down of the national government won't affect essential duties of the Missouri National Guard.
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Wrap: In the face of a government shutdown, the federally funded guard is preparing changes that will be made.

Public Affairs Officer Tamara Spicer says they are evaluating what operations will be shut down.

Missions of high priority such as emergency response will continue, along with employees running those missions.

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Description: "They will continue on, so those employees will still come to work. However, those employees will not be getting a paycheck until the government resumes normal operations."

Spicer says the guard is most worried about operations of lower priority that will have to be shut down.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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With the possible shutdown of the national government, the Missouri National Guard is evaluating what duties must be completed no matter what.
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Wrap: Public Affairs Officer Tamara Spicer says they will continue missions related to emergency response, mobilization support, sexual assault and response support, suicide awareness support and military funeral honors.

Since the guard is federally funded, certain services they traditionally complete will go on hold.

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Description: "We will conduct an orderly shutdown of our non-accepted activities, so activities that are deemed non-essential during this period of government shutdown."

Spicer says these activities that will be suspended have not yet been determined.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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Some operations of the Missouri National Guard will be put on hold in the case of a governmental shutdown.
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Wrap: The federally funded guard is currently evaluating which duties are essential.

Public Affairs Officer Tamara Spicer says citizens should not worry about the National Guard being unable to complete emergency missions.

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Description: "The Missouri National Guard will respond to state emergency duty missions regardless of a government shutdown situation."

Spicer says missions related to mobilization support, sexual assault and response support, suicide awareness support and military funeral honors will also continue in the face of a shutdown.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.


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