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Dozens protest shutdown at Grissom reserve base

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Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:09 am

PERU — A couple dozen Air Force reservists and other employees lined the highway outside northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve base to protest the partial federal government shutdown that's put them out of work.

Officials say about 600 fulltime civilian employees and reservists who work at the base were furloughed Tuesday.

The protesters along U.S. 31 Thursday held signs reading "Honk for Our Jobs Back" and "To Government: Do your job so we can do ours."

Protester Gloria North works as a housekeeper at the base's hotel. She tells the Kokomo Tribune that several single mothers work at the base and the shutdown might leave then unable to buy groceries.

Computer assistant Bobby Smith says the shutdown hurts the military readiness of the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling unit based at Grissom.