Texas military bases planning in case of shutdown

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officials at Fort Sam Houston are trying to determine which essential personnel will remain on the job in the event of a federal government shutdown.

Spokesman Brent Boller said Thursday there are about 30,000 civilians working at Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Many could be furloughed if there's no deal in place to keep the federal government running after midnight Friday.

San Antonio and El Paso are cities with among the highest number of federal employees in the country because of the military.

Military families are also anxiously waiting for a deal to be struck. Starlite Dye of Blue Star Families, which provides support for military families, said the possible shutdown is weighing heavily on the minds of many who live on base.