U.S. Coast Guard at paycheck standstill pending partial government shutdown

Coast guardsmen continue duties such as, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental response, and security operations.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) – Thursday was day six of the partial government shutdown, however the United States Coast Guard is continuing operations, despite possibly not seeing the money in their next pay check come January 1.

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. military whose members are going without pay during the shutdown, because they are funded by the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense, who is still receiving funding.

Coast guardsmen continue duties such as, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental response, and security operations.

The more than three dozen guardsmen at locations like the Manistee station right now, are only a handful of the nearly 42,000 active-duty military members of the coast guard that remain on duty.

However non-essential personnel are on furlough.

“We’re still performing all the missions that we’re being tasked with by our operational commanders, so we are still standing on diligent watch, but there are going to be some coast guard families that may see a missed pay check due to the lapse in funding there,” said Petty Officer Adrian Ledesma with the U.S. Coast Guard Station Manistee. “So, we are working with our commands to make sure that we are taking care of our shipmates and make sure that we are all financially stable utilizing a number of financial assistance avenues within our organization the outside with private credit unions as well.”

Coast guardsmen said this has happened in the past, and they were reimbursed.

Unless congress reaches a resolution by noon on Friday, coast guardsmen may not receive paychecks to start of 2019, but they could likely see that money in their next paycheck.

The following is the full statement from the Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard continues operations authorized by law that provide for national security or that protect life and property during partial government shutdowns; however, there are some impacts to our day-to-day operations. The Coast Guard stops or curtails mission activities that do not fall into those categories. Coast Guard uniformed personnel will continue to perform their duties during a partial government shutdown and will provide essential services such as search and rescue, port and homeland safety and security, law enforcement and environmental response. However, with a government shutdown, they will likely not have the full support that they need in order to maintain mission readiness.
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