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D.C. National Guard Dealing With Furloughs

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The D.C. division of the National Guard is one of several federal agencies dealing with furloughs right now.

"It will have a degrading effect on readiness," says Army Sec. John McHugh. "That's inescapable."

The result of the furloughs is a smaller force, ready to go at a moment's notice.

Sec. McHugh says he isn't worried though. "Whatever challenges may arise as always, they'll be ready to meet them affectively and quickly."

The D.C. National Guard provides support in a variety of ways. For example, troops provide extra security during presidential inaugurations and during Fourth of July festivities on the Mall.

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