West Point Community members,
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement announcing the return of most of our DoD civilians was welcome news this past weekend. We immediately began working to identify all of the U.S. Military Academy employees exempted under this new guidance and were able to bring back an overwhelming majority of our valued civilian workforce. I understand how disruptive this has been and appreciate the hard work and dedication that allowed our important mission to continue.
The military and staff and faculty, along with the Corps of Cadets, proved they were agile, adaptive and resilient by meeting the challenges presented by the furlough head-on. Everyone remained focused to ensure West Point was able to keep our mission going.
Members of the academic board identified and redistributed faculty with the right talent in support of the Academy and the preparatory school. Even the West Point Band answered the call by providing bandsmen to help staff the Academy’s library. The garrison staff also proved their undeniable commitment to taking care of the community and family members.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to recall 100% of our team, and we will continue to experience limitations without FY14 appropriation funding. We thank you for your continued support of the workforce and surrounding support organizations.
This furlough illustrates how connected we all are in our daily mission and the importance of teamwork in everything we do. It has reaffirmed our appreciation for everything our civilian faculty and staff bring to the table, as they are a vital part of what makes this institution and community great.
I would like to reiterate how much I appreciate your support through the current situation. We are glad to have the majority of our civilian workforce back and look forward to having the entire West Point team reunited. Your professionalism and dedication to the U.S. Military Academy, the West Point Community, and the Army are truly inspirational.
Robert L. Caslen Jr.
• Individual queries about civilian employment information should be emailed to CPAC: FurloughQA2013@usma.edu
• Frequently asked questions and answers will be posted on the USMA website: http://www.usma.edu/furlough
• Furlough updates will be posted at the garrison facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestPointGarrison
• Telephone hotline for pre-recorded government shutdown updates and announcements: 845-938-7000