U.S. government shutdown affects Kadena

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U.S. government shutdown affects Kadena

by: Staff Sgt. Lauren Snyder | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: October 07, 2013

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Due to the government shutdown that began Oct. 1st, certain Kadena Air Base services will be temporarily reduced or eliminated until a resolution has been reached in Washington D.C.

The 18th Civil Engineering Squadron, which is responsible for the approximately 8,000 military family housing units on Okinawa, expressed that due to on-hold contracts the following changes have been implemented:

Both refuse and recycling pick-up will continue with minor delays. (If recycling/trash are not picked up before Oct.4 afternoon, individuals need to pull it inside for the typhoon.)
Housing offices at Kadena AB, Camp Kinser, & Camp Courtney will be minimally staffed and with limited available appointments.
Housing inspectors will be on a full schedule.
Cleaning services are on hold, which will impact house assignments for new families and out-processing for outbound members.
No pick-up/deliveries of government furniture on-base/on-camp. Self-help moves will be by appointment only. Loaner furniture will be left in place for on-base outbound families.
718th CES and 18th CES are working to support pick-up of off-base loaner furniture and appliances to support those members who must out-process their home due to the end of leases.
Appliance repair/replacement will only be supported through the duty day and is limited to refrigerators only.
No grass cutting until further noticed. Due to delayed contract award, no cuts will occur until 30-days after the end of the shutdown.
"The most important thing is to not sit back and just wait but to stay engaged and stay in contact with the MFH office and CE customer service for any and all requirements," said Col. Gary Schneider, 18th Civil Engineering Group commander. "We will continue to track the requirements so that we know what needs to get done the minute the resolution passes."

To contact the housing office for maintenance requests, call 634-0582/098-634-0582.

For more information on Typhoon Fitow or tropical cyclone conditions of readiness, check out http://www.weather.kadenaforcesupport.com/.