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Civilians heading back to to work at Ft. Drum

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Many civilian employees placed on furlough by the government shutdown are going back to work at Ft. Drum.

In a statement Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that workers who contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members" will be exempted from the shutdown furloughs, and will be called back.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

It's isn't clear how many of the hundreds of Ft. Drum workers will be recalled. But Hagel says the furlough exemptions include most of the military's civilian employees.

He said this has been "a very disruptive year for our people," and he'll continue to urge Congress to pass a budget and restore full funding for the military and the rest of the government.

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