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Hundreds Of Fort Hamilton Employees Return To Work

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It's back to work at Fort Hamilton for hundreds of furloughed Department of Defense workers.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the recall over the weekend after it was determined that the "Pay Our Military Act" applied to civilian workers as well as armed service members.

"The good thing about all this is, as you know, the government has approved for all DOD employees to return back to work, effective today," said Garrison Commander Colonel Eluyn Gimés. "So yesterday night, approximately about 8:30 p.m., I was already contacting my employees and let them know that based on the change that was made, they all come back to work today. Today's actually their first day back to work."

"It feels good," said Raymond Holmes, a commissary worker. "Actually had to go in today and not get paid to make the schedule, 'cause I create the schedule. Knowing I had some responsibility on my day off, that still felt, that's worth something."

About 50 percent of Fort Hamilton's 2,300 workers were furloughed.

Several base departments were shut down or their services were reduced.

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