Even though the federal government shutdown continues, thousands of local Department of Defense workers are back on the job at San Antonio military bases, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"I started anticipating as others were, specific guidance," said Brent Boller, who says Defense Secretary Church Hegel had indicated on Saturday that civilian worker callbacks were coming. "Sure enough, members of the 502nd Airbase Wing were notified that we were to report to work this morning. The guidance that we received from the Air Force as that all civilians from the major command level and below should report today."
Boller says it is still unclear how many of the 23,000 civilian workers in metro San Antonio are back to work. He says the commissaries at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases and Ft. Sam Houston which closed last Wednesday have also reopened.
Commissary shopping is one of the major benefits for military families, who can buy groceries at about 20% less than civilian supermarkets, and income tax is not charged on taxable items.
Boller says the callbacks today appear to be widespread. All civilian employees at the 502nd Air Base Wing, involving all operations at Air Education and Training Command, are back to work today.
'We're very pleased because there was a good deal of uncertainty," Boller said. "Glad to see myself and my colleagues back to work. We have a lot to do in support of the 200 plus missions we have here at Joint Base San Antonio."