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Nellis Air Force Base feels the impact of the shutdown

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Updated: 10/01/2013 6:13 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Hundreds of civilian workers at Nellis Air Force Base are being told they will not receive paychecks until further notice. News 3's Jen Wahl is taking a look at the local impact on the Nellis community.

A civilian employee at the base told News 3 this time the cuts could last up to 30 days.

Civil Servant Vernon Steed is a fuels distribution worker with the 99 LRS squadron at Nellis Air Force Base.

He’s been working there for about 18 years. Before that Steed spent 23 years in active duty with the military.

He says this line of work is in his blood.

“Just a part of me… ingrained in me to do what I do,” Steed said.

After a partial government shutdown he is no longer taking home a paycheck.

"At this base everybody is clearly upset. people are frustrated because to go without a paycheck for up to 30 days is really hurtful," Steed said.

Nellis Air Force Base leadership released an official statement which reads in part…

“The absence of appropriation as of 1, October, necessitates Nellis Air force Base to perform an orderly shutdown of activities. Functions essential to national security and public safety will continue.”

However, the base goes on to say that 1,100 civilian employees from the Nellis community will be furloughed.

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