Iowa National Guard spokesman, Col. Greg Hapgood announced Thursday night, that as a result of the continuing federal government shutdown, additional actions will be executed by the Iowa National Guard.
Beginning Friday, Oct. 4th, 16 full-time State of Iowa employees working for the Iowa National Guard will be temporarily laid off for up to 20 days. An additional 95 State employees will be temporarily laid off for up to 30 days beginning Oct. 18th. Currently, more than 1,000 full-time federal technicians of the Iowa National Guard are on furlough and will remain furloughed until the shutdown is resolved.
Furloughed/laid off employees will not receive pay for the duration of the furlough, may not be in a paid leave status, but will retain and accrue benefits. Approximately 1,000 full-time employees remain on duty for the Iowa National Guard, including Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) military personnel and federal technicians.
In addition, the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City has cancelled drill scheduled for Oct. 5-6. Training and drill for all other Iowa National Guard units and personnel scheduled for Oct. 1-10 was previously cancelled. Rescheduling of all cancelled training assemblies will be announced at a later date after the shutdown has ended.
The Iowa National Guard will continue to provide periodic updates as this situation unfolds.