US Naval Academy FAQs On Shutdown

| April 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Public Affairs Officer, CDR Joe Carpenter has released the following FAQs regarding the United States Naval Academy in the event of a government shutdown.

USNA Yard Access, Visitation & Community Outreach Events

Q.  Will the Naval Academy be open to the public?

A.   Yes.

Q.  Will the USNA gates still be open?

A.  Gate hours and access policies will remain in accordance with current hours and policies.

Q.  Will the Visitor Center be open (including the Gift Shop) during the shutdown?

A.  Yes.  The USNA Visitors Center is staffed by non-appropriated employees and will be unaffected by the shutdown.

Q.  Will the USNA Museum and Museum gift shop be open?

A.  No.  The USNA Museum is staffed by federal civilian employees who will be impacted by the shutdown.  Consequently, the USNA Museum will not be open to visitors.

Q.  Will the Special Olympics be held at the Naval Academy this weekend?

A.  Yes.

Q.  Will the USNA Club and Drydock be open?

A. Yes.

Q.  Will other spring events be held during the shutdown, such as USNA band concerts?

A.  As more information becomes available about individual events, it will be disseminated.  USNA varsity and club athletic events will be suspended in the event of a government shutdown.  We recommend fans visit the Naval Academy Athletic Association’s website (www.navysports.com) for updated information about individual competitions in the event they are rescheduled at a later date.

Midshipmen Academics & Athletics

Q.  Will the midshipmen continue to attend classes?

A.  Yes.

Q.  Who will teach classes in the absence of furloughed civilian faculty members?

A.  The USNA staff has developed contingency plans for military faculty to teach academic classes.  For those disciplines that are primarily civilian faculty instructed, midshipmen will be assigned self-study.

Q.  Will USNA sporting events be held during the government shutdown?

A.  USNA varsity and club athletic events will be suspended in the event of a government shutdown.  We recommend fans visit the Naval Academy Athletic Association’s website (www.navysports.com) for updated information about individual competitions in the event they are rescheduled at a later date.

Midshipmen and Navy Family/Retiree Support Services

Q.  Will the midshipmen continue to be served meals?

A.  Yes.  There will be no impact to food service for the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Q.  How will the Naval Academy’s midshipmen food service operations and supplies be impacted?

A.  Logistics and supply efforts in support of essential operations, such as food service to midshipmen, will not be affected.

Q.  Will the Midshipmen Store be impacted?

A.  No.  The Midshipmen Store will maintain normal operation hours for the Brigade of Midshipmen and authorized patrons.

Q.  Will other midshipmen services  be impacted, such as laundry, tailor shop, midshipmen store?

A.  No.  Midshipmen services will continue.  However, the midshipman cobbler shop will be closed as the result of a furlough

Q.  Will religious services still be conducted this weekend?

A.  Regularly scheduled religious services will still be conducted and open to authorized guests.

Q.  What will be the impact to Naval Support Activity Annapolis services?

A.  Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis will reduce selected base services until an appropriations bill is passed and the base is able to return to normal operations.  Most NSA Annapolis services will remain operational. The Navy Exchange and Navy Lodge are non-appropriated funded activities and therefore will not be affected by a government shutdown and will continue to operate at their normal hours.  However, the following facilities/activities onboard NSA Annapolis will be CLOSED pending a budget resolution: MWR Auto Hobby Shop, MWR Liberty Zone, NSA Annapolis Mail Center, and NSA Annapolis Commissary.  Unless the department/facility is specifically listed – assume the service has not been impacted.  Customers or visitors to NSA Annapolis and tenant commands are encouraged to call ahead for more specific information or to confirm prescheduled appointments and continuity of services.

Q.  Will the medical services still be open to retirees and dependants?

A.  Inpatient and essential outpatient and emergency dental care in DoD medical treatment facilities is expected to continue.  Patients are recommended to contact the military medical treatment facility in advance of their appointments to verify the availability of services.  Emergencies should continue to be directed to existing community emergency medical treatment facilities.

Q.  Will Navy child care services be impacted?

A.  No.

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