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Sequester cuts mean one less gate for Fort Jackson

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FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) -

The Army's largest basic training facility, Fort Jackson, now has one fewer entry point.

"It's going to be really hard not having it open," said PX cashier Regina Blount.

Blount has come in and out of gate 5 for years. She lives just a few minutes from the Leesburg Road guard post.

"I was coming into work the other day and I pulled up to the gate and it was closed, and me and another car had to turn all the way around," said Blount.

She's clearly not the only one who's disappointed, but Fort Jackson public affairs says this was the least popular gate. The issue is security guards.

The sequester requires all federal employees to take one day off a week until the end of September there just aren't enough to keep all the gates open on their regular schedules.

"It's an inconvenience, it's a longer route," said Blount. "The gate being closed is a hassle."

Blount's drive time has doubled. She now has to drive up 77 to Gates 2 or 4 -- an inconvenience she'll have to live for the next few months.

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