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Despite Furloughs, Basic Services and Troops Still Active at Kentucky Posts After Shutdown


FORT KNOX — Officials at Kentucky's two major Army posts say basic services such as utilities, public safety and hospital emergency services were still functioning despite a partial government shutdown.Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards says some civilian employees have received furlough notices, but soldiers and other essential personnel were still on duty.Col. David "Buck" Dellinger — the Garrison Commander at Fort Campbell — says soldier training and operation in preparation for deployments were taking place as scheduled Tuesday. The post is preparing to send two brigades — the 2nd Brigade Combat Team with about 2,000 soldiers and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade with 1,800 personnel — to Afghanistan in the coming months.Fort Campbell spokesman Bob Jenkins says the nine schools operating at Fort Campbell will remain in session.