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Number of Hurlburt Field furloughed workers return to work

HURLBURT FIELD   --   Happening today. It's back to work for some employees at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County.

Most of the civilians who work here as part of the Department of Defense are expected to return to work today.

Hurlburt had to furlough around 1,200 civilian employees, which equated to about 15% of the base's overall force.

1st Special Operations Wing Commander, Col. William West says "It is great news; we have been authorized to return all of our furloughed employees back to work. It will be great to get back to fighting with our full team again," Saturday  the Secretary of Defense directed the military departments and other Department of Defense components to move quickly to identify all employees whose activities fall under certain categories.

He expects them to be able to significantly reduce - but not eliminate - civilian furloughs under this process. However there is still no end in sight for the government shutdown.

Joel Baber- Resident
"It's about time they went back to work. I'm against then being furloughed to begin with. I think there are other ways to reduce the budget."

Marcelle Spencer- Resident
"I wish it was all over and it would go back to normal. It's much better that way. There's always worries when it's like this."

The surest way to end the furloughs is for congress to pass a budget and restore funds for the entire federal government.