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Apr 9, 2011 10:48 AM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Springs military bases brace for shutdown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prior to the congressional agreement to keep the government running, the military said food and other services for troops in war zones wouldn't have been interrupted by a shutdown.

Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said prior to Friday night's compromise that department-store-style Exchanges will remain open because they're self-supporting.

The Air Force Academy said about 350 of its roughly 700 faculty are civilians and would have been sent home in a shutdown.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported that 5,000 federal workers in the area could have been sent home in a shutdown.

The area is home to Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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