For the second consecutive week, the Wisconsin National Guard has postponed all unit training activities scheduled for this weekend due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
Soldiers and airmen scheduled to report for training Oct. 11–13 should remain home and are advised to check with their commanders for guidance on how and when this weekend's training will be rescheduled.
Funds for annual training days have been approved — with strict guidelines concerning what activities qualify as annual training — but weekend training will remain postponed as long as the federal government shutdown continues, according to a Wisconsin National Guard news release.
"The National Guard only has so many training resources available for each training period," said Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, the state's adjustant general "To maximize those opportunities, we plan our training up to three years out. Some resources for required training, such as firing ranges or military lodging, are in high demand and may not be available when we reschedule training."
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel authorized recalling most furloughed military technicians to work earlier this week, but without approved federal funding, there are no funds to pay for National Guard training.
This weekend's training will be rescheduled at a future date, according to the news release. In the event of a state emergency, the Wisconsin National Guard remains fully available to the governor for state active duty, the news release said.