About 8,700 employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are expected to be furloughed starting Tuesday if Congress fails to reach an agreement to prevent a federal government shutdown, the base commander, Col. Cassie Barlow, said Friday.
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Enshrinement ceremonies still on
The 51st annual National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies will go forward Friday even if there is a shutdown, but the ceremonies would be moved to the Hope Hotel and Conference Center, which is just outside the Area A perimeter. The event is scheduled for the National Museum of the U.S Air Force, which would be closed in the event of a shutdown. Organizers scrambled to preserve the sold out event after the shutdown became more likely. The museum announced Thursday it will be closed for the duration of a shutdown.