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LATEST UPDATE: Furloughed workers head back to work
NORTHWEST FLORIDA -- The Department of Defense brought back hundreds of thousands of civilian workers -- furloughed during the government shutdown.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the law allows the DOD to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being and readiness of service members.
Thousands of those defense workers who are returning to work, are here in Northwest Florida.
About 1200 employees returned to work at Hurlburt Field today.
Over at Eglin Air Force Base about 2500 are back in the office.
The majority of Naval Air Station's 262 civilian employees were recalled today.
Right now the museum remains closed and there is no word yet about rescheduling the anniversary gala.
Whiting Field had 125 employees furloughed.
We called the base today and they were unable to give us an exact number of employees that have been brought back.