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Apr 8, 2011 7:26 PM by Greg Boyce

Post Exchange would close if government shuts down

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The military says food and other services for troops in war zones won't be interrupted by a government shutdown, but commissaries at U.S. facilities, including Fort Carson, may close.

Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said Friday that department-store-style Exchanges will remain open because they're  self-supporting.  The Air Force Academy says about 350 of its roughly 700 faculty are civilians and would be sent home in a shutdown. Academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan says military faculty would likely fill in for civilians.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that 5,000 federal workers in the area could be sent home in a shutdown. The area is home to Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

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