RRAD employees breathe a sigh of relief

RRAD employees breathe a sigh of relief

There's good news for certain workers at the Red River Army Depot.
There's good news for certain workers at the Red River Army Depot.

More than a dozen workers who were supposed to be furloughed by the federal government shutdown will keep their jobs.

Here's a copy of the statement RRAD released before the government shutdown:

"Red River Army Depot officials notified the workforce (Monday) that the possible government shutdown will have no effect to the majority of the employee population. Most all of the Red River workforce is Army Working Capital Fund personnel who will not be impacted by the furlough due to the availability of prior year funding.  These prior year dollars, used to pay the salaries of the employees, are not tied to the FY14 appropriation making members of the workforce exempt from the possible shutdown. Contractor employees are also exempt from the possible shutdown furlough as they are paid from the same prior year funding.  Approximately 14 Red River employees are direct funded or non-AWCF will be directly affected if neither an appropriations act nor a continuing resolution has been enacted by midnight (Monday). Some of the depot's tenant organizations, such as the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center as well as the Health Clinic, will also be impacted if the government shutdown takes place. "We can and will continue to support key military operations," said RRAD Commander Col. Doyle Lassitter. "We will get through this situation as the great team of professionals that we are." Red River Army Depot is Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System, the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) as well as other tactical wheeled vehicles and secondary items. The depot is the only Department of Defense facility capable of remanufacturing road wheels and track for various vehicle systems." 

Since then, NBC 6 has talked with the Public Relations representative for RRAD.
 
She says the 14 employees who were supposed to be furloughed, and the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will not be affected.

They will continue to work.

No specific reason for why the decision was made, but that it was one from the Depot.

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