Offutt Air Force Base has made plans for dealing with a federal shutdown if Congress pulls the plug Tuesday.
Both the 55th Wing and the U.S. Strategic Command held town-hall meetings late last week to brief military and civilian workers on what might happen.
If there is a shutdown, all military personnel will report for duty as usual. That includes active National Guard and Reserve personnel.
Most civilian employees will stay home, although police, fire and emergency services employees will continue to work. So will some workers involved in financial management and logistical support of service members who are still working. On-base schools will remain open.
Civilian workers who must report will qualify for retroactive pay. But furloughed civilians won't receive pay unless Congress votes later to award it.
Nationwide, about half of the Defense Department's civilian employees would be furloughed, varying by location.
At StratCom, for example, just 300 of 2,000 civilian workers will report for emergency duty, said Capt. Pamela Kunze, StratCom's chief spokeswoman The rest will remain off work until Congress reopens the government.
Military personnel may be asked to perform duties that would normally be handled by civilian employees.
Contractors whose contracts are continued from the previous year may continue to work and receive pay, although cost overruns won't be covered. New contracts starting Tuesday or later won't be honored until Congress provides the funds. All non-emergency travel is being canceled.