A state legislator is concerned that the partial shutdown of the federal government could spell problems for Louisiana.
State Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton) said the partial shutdown of the federal government has had a “tremendous effect” on the Louisiana National Guard. “If we were to have a disaster, we would have a slower response time,” he said.
A retired US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, Burns said nearly 1,000 federal technicians who serve as the maintenance force that keeps the Guard’s equipment up to speed have been furloughed.
Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierak, public affairs officer for the Louisiana National Guard, said in addition to maintenance, the some of the furloughed technicians are logisticians and work in personnel sections. He estimated a total of 870 full-time employees were furloughed, 20 of whom work in Northwest Louisiana.
The shutdown also means there will be no further National Guard training or drills until the situation is resolved.