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Training on hold once again for Wisconsin National Guard


FT. MCCOY, Wis. (WSAU) - Weekend training is on hold once again for Wisconsin Guardsmen and Reservists.

Soldiers and airmen who had been scheduled to come out to Fort McCoy should stay home, and contact their commanding officers. This is the second straight week of delayed training, and Major General Don Dunbar of the Guard says this is going to start affecting his troops' readiness.

"The National Guard only has so many training resources available for each training period," Dunbar said. "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."

While funds are now available to pay for furloughed civilian contractors on most military bases, the lack of a budget means no funding for troop training for the Guard.

Dunbar once again asserts that training is only postponed and will resume once the shutdown is over. In the event of an emergency, Dunbar says his troops will be ready to go if needed.