Jeff Smith, NBC 5
Civilian workers at the Naval Air Service Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth returned to work on Monday, even as a government shutdown continues.
Civilian employees of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth who were furloughed by the federal government shutdown will be able to return to work on Monday.
On Sunday evening, Don Ray, public affairs officer at the base, asked NBC DFW and other media outlets to publish the following:
"Government civilians employed by the Department of the Navy and Department of the Air Force at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base are being directed to return to their normal work schedules starting tomorrow, Monday, Oct 7. This weekend's decision in Washington to allow Department of Defense civilians return to work affected a little over 400 civilians at the Naval Air Station. They have been on furlough since the government's shutdown last week."
On Saturday, the Pentagon ordered most of its furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by the President before the partial government shutdown began Tuesday.
Government attorneys said it allows employees to keep working if their responsibilities "contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."