Air Force Academy feels impact of gov. shutdown; Air Force-Navy game cancelled
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The government shutdown had a significant impact on the U.S. Air Force Academy, forcing more than 1,000 civilians to be furloughed and 20 percent of academic courses to be suspended.
The Secretary of the Air Force released a memo to the force stating, “The entire Air Force leadership is working hard to guide us through this turbulent time…we will continue to conduct our mission to educate and train cadets, but that will be much more challenging without our civilian and contractor teammates who will be furloughed.”
There are 450 employees who are excepted from the shutdown, which means they will continue to work to continue services impacting safety and security at the Air Force Academy.
According to a news release, Saturday’s Air Force-Navy game that was scheduled for Oct. 5 has been cancelled because travel for all intercollegiate athletics has been suspended.
The Academy says it will attempt to play home intercollegiate athletic contests, but those could be cancelled as well. Academy officials said they are working with Mountain West Conference officials, the team they were scheduled to play and officials at The Department of the Air Force to make up as many games as possible.
Cadet study centers have also been closed, including the library, and the base fitness center and commissary were also closed.
Academy officials said the Fall Festival and the Winter Expo & Ski Swap scheduled for Saturday have also been cancelled.