Fort Leonard Wood recalls civilian workers

Monday, October 7, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 3:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

*CORRECTION: Fort Leonard Wood has 3,600 civilian employees in the Department of Defense and the Army, most of whom were affected by the furlough. An earlier version of this article misstated the number of civilian employees in those departments and the number affected.

COLUMBIA — Many of Fort Leonard Wood's 3,600* civilian employees in the Department of Defense and the Army will return to work after a furlough caused by the federal government shutdown.

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The civilian employees, who were furloughed on Oct. 1, will return to work on Monday or their next scheduled duty day unless their supervisor advises them otherwise, according to a news release from Fort Leonard Wood.

On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the Pay Our Military Act allowed the Department of Defense to end furloughs for employees who contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members." That bill was hastily passed by Congress before the shutdown began on Oct. 1.

Hagel said that he expected the department to be able to reduce, but not eliminate, civilian furloughs under the act.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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