Posted: Oct 2, 2013 8:16 PM by MTN News
HELENA - About 3,500 Montana National Guard troops are being directed not to report to drill exercises scheduled for this weekend due to the government shutdown.
Starting Wednesday, soldiers and airmen are being notified about the drill cancellations.
"Washington's inability to pass a budget is now impacting important training exercises and disrupting plans for thousands of Montana families," Gov. Steve Bullock said.
A small group of troops who are preparing for deployment overseas will continue with their preparations at Fort Harrison in Helena.
"I recognize and apologize for the impact this necessary action will have on soldiers and Airmen and their families and I sincerely appreciate their understanding as we continue to work through the many implications the government shutdown is having on our force," said Maj. Gen. Matt Quinn, Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard.