RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - About 3,600 South Dakota Air and Army National Guard members won't have to show up this weekend for training because of the partial government shutdown.
The Guard says it cancelled a scheduled drill assembly due to the lapse in federal appropriations. It will likely be rescheduled for Oct. 26 and 27.
Not all South Dakota National Guard units are affected by the decision. Units preparing for an upcoming mobilization will still train and some units were scheduled to drill on other weekends in October.
The National Guard says it remains available for call-up for a natural disaster or state emergency, despite the funding shutdown.
There are currently more than 200 state soldiers and airmen serving in combat in Afghanistan or deployed to the Middle East.