WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WDTN) - From the traffic, Monday looked like a normal day at the base, as nearly 8,700 workers returned after being furloughed because of the government shutdown.
"They were surprised," says 88th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cassie Barlow. "They were relieved. They were happy. People were ready to come back to work."
But they're returning to a situation where four days of furloughs have left some things undone, like $80,000 worth of maintenance, according to Barlow.
"There's a lot of work that wasn't able to happen last week," Barlow says.
Barlow says workers returned because of a reinterpretation of the Pay Our Military Act, which guarantees the pay of troops during the shutdown and also those who support them.
Workers will get paid starting today and they hope to also get paid for the four days they missed.
But officials still plan to have the Dayton Food Bank on base tomorrow and information about people who can offer assistance to employees.
"We still though understand many of our civilians are recovering from the previous furlough," says Barlow, referring to the six unpaid days off workers took earlier this summer because of sequestration.
So did the shutdown cost the base more money than just staying open? Colonel Barlow wasn't able to give an exact figure.
"It was certainly a lot of work to go through the shutdown procedures," Barlow says. "To spend the time notifying people and recalling them. Whether that would equal what we would have been doing during the week, that's difficult to say."
Even though workers are back, the base still doesn't have a budget, something Barlow says is making things more difficult for workers.
"We have a budget to pay people but we don't have an operating budget so we can't buy things. We can't maintain things. We can't travel."
Barlow says workers were called back using the old fashioned phone tree. Supervisors were notified who then called or texted their workers.
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