Roughly 2,200 California National Guard technicians have been furloughed during the federal government’s partial shutdown. However, none of those furloughed employees operate out of Lodi’s National Guard armory, according to a National Guard spokesman.
California’s second-largest armory is one of 90 throughout the state, but doesn’t staff any technicians who maintain critically needed firefighting aircraft, California National Guard Maj. Gen. Paul Wade said.
California is home to some 6,000 military technicians, Wade said.
Guard technicians recently helped maintain aircraft used to battle the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park.
Wade said that Lodi’s armory is in place to ensure that all soldiers have the necessary equipment if they need to deploy.
Recently, in a letter to National Guard families that he posted on Facebook, Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, called the cuts “inane.”
Baldwin called on families to contact senators, and wrote that the shutdown “is having an adverse impact on our ability to respond to state emergencies.”
He said the National Guard is debating with Pentagon “bureaucrats” about which military jobs are critical to public safety.
“Lives are at stake,” Baldwin said.
Elsewhere, San Joaquin County government agencies will only feel minimal effects from the shutdown. However, the effects could worsen if the shutdown drags into November, Senior Deputy County Administrator Elena Reyes said.
“If there is a solution at the federal level in the next few weeks, we anticipate little to no impact,” she said. “However, should it go past the end of the month, there will likely be impacts.”
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