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Oct 3, 2013 6:11 PM by AP

LR Air Force Base "maintaining" during shutdown

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AP) - The commander of the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base says operations at the base are continuing despite the loss of about 350 civilian workers due to the federal government shutdown.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Col. Patrick Rhatigan said Thursday the flights are taking place normally and airmen are taking on extra duties to make sure flights remain on schedule and other duties are performed as usual.

The base employs about 600 civilians and about 350 have been on leave without pay since the government shutdown on Tuesday.

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