Civilian workers at Columbus Air Force Base are back on the job.
On Oct. 1, 230 of CAFB’s 1,277 civilian workers were immediately furloughed when the federal government shut down over a funding impasse.
In accordance with a memo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released on Oct. 5, the Air Force recalled most of the nearly 104,000 Air Force civilian employees placed on emergency furlough.
At Columbus Air Force Base, 230 Department of Defense civilian employees returned to work Monday.
“All of our (Department of Defense) civilian members came back to work,” said Col. Jim Sears, 14th Flying Training Wing commander. “We have definitely felt the impact of the manning shortfall and we are happy to have our civilian members back. While this is good news, we can’t forget that we are still in a government shutdown. However, we will continue to conduct the 14th Flying Training Wing mission to produce pilots, advance airman and feed the fight.”
Columbus AFB’s Commissary, which also was affected by the government shutdown, will reopen its doors today at 9 a.m. and will resume normal operating hours. However, because of the closure, the commissary has not been able to reorder and the store might be low on certain items.
Several Columbus AFB contracted functions are still affected by the government shutdown and are still pending full Department of Defense funding.
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