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Keesler Air Force base posts programs impacted by shutdown

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As a result of Tuesday's government shutdown a number of Keesler Air Force Base programs will experience limited or suspended service until further notice, according to officials. 

Below are the details of those programs that will be impacted according to the 81st Force Support Squadron (FSS):

Education Office
▪ Delay in all Tuition Assistance requests not submitted by COB 30 Sept. 13
▪ DANTES and CLEP testing through the National Test Center (NTC) will be available, but at the cost of the member (not free)

Youth Programs
▪ Suspension of Youth Sports Program
▪ Suspension of Friday Night Fun
▪ Suspension of Youth Instructional Classes
▪ Suspension of Give Parents a Break/Parent's Night Out at CDC and Youth Center
▪ U Got Talent (UGT) event is canceled for Oct. 3
▪ Youth Center open recreation program will close at 1800 daily
▪ PLEASE NOTE: Youth and CDC will continue to provide normal care. Civilian employees that are affected by furlough may elect to suspend use of the CDC and Youth Center without charge. Civilian employees must provide copy of furlough letter to the CDC and/or Youth Center and express their intent to not use services to receive refund/suspension of charges.

Military and Civilian Personnel Offices
▪ Degraded passport support services through MPS
▪ Civilian Personnel Office will be closed

Airman & Family Readiness Center
▪ Limited Airmen & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) services:
- suspension of employment assistance
- cancellation of all workshops and classes
- suspension of transition and retirement assistance (TAP/RAP) services
- suspension of school liaison services
- suspension of financial counseling services
▪ PLEASE NOTE: Air Force Aid, deployment preparedness and relocation assistance will continue to be available.

Any FSS facility not listed above will continue to operate as normal.

Various base functions at Keesler will be impacted in different ways and we ask for your patience as we work through this challenge.

KEESLER MEDICAL CENTER
▪ Services remain open with slowing in some areas.

MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICES
▪ Degraded passport support services through MPS.
▪ Civilian Personnel Office will be closed.

EDUCATION OFFICE...
▪ Delay in all Tuition Assistance requests not submitted prior to 30 Sep 13.
▪ DANTES and CLEP testing through the National Test Center (NTC) will be available, but at the cost of the member (not free).
▪ Updates to DLPT and DLAB scores unavailable.

YOUTH PROGRAMS
▪ Suspension of Youth Sports Program.
▪ Suspension of Friday Night Fun.
▪ Suspension of Youth Instructional Classes.
▪ Suspension of Give Parents a Break/Parent's Night Out at CDC and Youth Center.
▪ Youth Center open recreation program will close at 1800 daily.
▪ PLEASE NOTE: Youth and CDC will continue to provide normal care. Civilian employees that are affected by furlough may elect to suspend use of the CDC and Youth Center without charge. Civilian employees must provide copy of furlough letter to the CDC and/or Youth Center and express their intent to not use services to receive refund/suspension of charges. If a member decides to suspend use of the CDC/Youth Center during the shutdown/furlough period, their child will not be dropped from the roster.

AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
▪ Limited Airmen & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) services:
- suspension of employment assistance.
- cancellation of all workshops and classes.
- suspension of transition and retirement assistance (TAP/RAP) services.
- suspension of school liaison services.
- suspension of financial counseling services.
▪ PLEASE NOTE: Air Force Aid, deployment preparedness and relocation assistance will continue to be available.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
▪ Multimedia services have been suspended. This includes any graphic support, video requests, Commander Access Channel updates, studio/passport photography, and self-help check-out equipment.

COMMUNICATIONS
▪ Significantly reduced response times on all telephone and computer trouble tickets.

COMMISSARY/EXCHANGE
▪ Commissary open today, but CLOSED indefinitely starting 2 Oct.
▪ Exchange open for regular hours

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