MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
The impending furlough of Department of Defense civilians will impact some customer and family services offered aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
On May 14, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the furloughs as a result of the federal budget sequestration that included a $37 billion dollar cut to the DOD budget for the current fiscal year. Letters were sent to civilian employees in June to inform them of the potential reduction in work and pay.
Between July 8 and September 21, civilians employees paid with appropriated funds, with few exceptions, will have to take one day of unpaid leave each week, for a total of 11 furlough days. First responders aboard the installation such as police, firefighters, emergency medical and dispatch service personnel are exempt from furloughs, therefore emergency services and response times will not be affected.
Camp Lejeune agencies have planned the following to accommodate the reduction in the civilian workforce during the furlough period:
-Defense Commissary Agency: Commissary closed Mondays.
-Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune: Pharmacy located at the Marine Corps Exchange closed Mondays
-Base Schools will be closed on the following dates: September 3, 4, 9, 16 and 23.
-The Vehicle Registration Office at Bldg 60 will close from July 8 to Sept. 30, 2013. To accommodate this closure, the Visitor Center (Bldg 818, near the Main Gate) will be extending the hours of decal issuance/vehicle registration and check in/out to 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
-The ID Card Center will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, vice 6 p.m.
-Traffic Court will be closed on Fridays starting July 12.
-Legal Assistance Immigration Services closes at noon on Wednesdays, vice 3 p.m.
It is possible that additional customer and family services delays may also occur. Additionally, sequestration budgetary challenges have increased the costs of some services (e.g., barber shops and certain seasonal swimming pools). Finally, these scheduled closures and periods of reduced hours are subject to change based on future fiscal decisions made by the federal government. For continuing updates or changes, please check with the Camp Lejeune Globe newspaper, www.lejeune.marines.mil or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/camp.lejeune.
For further questions please contact Nat Fahy, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune director of Public Affairs, at 910-451-7413 w, 910-526-2303 c or firstname.lastname@example.org.