Most furloughed workers scheduled to return

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 06:58 PM.

The commissary at Cherry Point reopened Tuesday following a closure last week due to the government shutdown.

Master Sgt. Jerry Wright Jr., of the Joint Public Affairs Office at Cherry Point, said the commissary resumed normal operations Tuesday morning.

Wright said about 300 civilian base personnel were affected by the government shutdown, caused by an impasse in Congress over the federal budget and the Affordable Care Act. Mike Barton, deputy director of public affairs at the base, said in a statement that nearly 99 percent of the furloughed employees have been recalled,

“Those civilian personnel identified for recall met the definition outlined in the ‘Pay Our Military Act’ based on the functions they perform,” Barton said in the statement. “As part of the orderly return to work, Marine Corps Community Services expects all facilities and services to be open when the recall process is complete.”

Last week’s shutdown caused several base programs to close, mostly those programs that provided assistance for military families. Those deemed essential for national defense continued.

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