The civilian worker charged with ordering supplies such as toilet paper for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is furloughed, so military officials are scrambling to ensure steady supplies.
Military personnel are making up for laundry, grounds maintenance and other services.
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says that they weren't aware at a high level who had the contract for toilet paper. But, she says, they found out pretty fast and fixed it.
Sixty of 300 courses are suspended because of civilian furloughs. An extended shutdown could affect some cadets' ability to graduate on time, and even the school's accreditations.
Air Force Falcons football team will play at Navy as scheduled this Saturday - but all other intercollegiate sports travel is suspended.