Furloughed workers return to Fort Lee, A.P. Hill despite government shutdown

Posted at 6:29 PM, Oct 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-07 13:11:03-04

FORT LEE, Va. (WTVR) - Many of Fort Lee's Department of Defense civilians who were  furloughed due to the federal government shutdown returned to work Monday.

Though officials did not provide an exact number, a "vast majority" of the furloughed civilians were set to return to duty.

"With the recall of [Department of Defense] civilians we are looking at bringing back a lot of the services that have been lacking the past week with a lot of our civilian personnel furouloughed," said Stephen Baker, Public Affairs Officer at Ft. Lee.

Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement Saturday that announced most civilian employees placed on an emergency furlough would return to work this week.

Although most Fort Lee workers were being called back, Fort Lee advised those working for non-Army DoD entities should check with their group on when to report.

Since the government shutdown on Oct. 1, many of Fort Lee's Department of Defense 5,000 civilian employees were furloughed.

The commissary at Fort Lee is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, it is normally closed on Monday for restocking.

"I did hear from military members on post that there was some work that they had to pick up," said Baker about changes in work flow on post since the shutdown.

"This is a good start at getting back to normal, but we have a ways to go," said Baker.

The approximately 110 Army Civilian employees furloughed at Fort A.P. Hill also returned to work Monday.

"Now that all employees are back to work, hunting and fishing will be allowed on post, Outdoor Recreation will resume issuing hunting and fishing licenses on Oct. 8; the Identification Card office will also reopen on Oct. 8," Public Affairs Officer Bob McElroy wrote in an email. "Army Family Lodging, gyms, Outdoor Recreation and Food and Beverage services are open during their normal operating hours."