Fort Meade was one of the agencies locally that was hit hard by the government shutdown last week.
More than 200 members of the garrison were told to go home and not come back to work until ordered to do so. The departure of those workers reduced the workforce of the garrison by 60 percent.
Tuesday, those workers were recalled from furlough.
“The Secretary directed that the Department of Defense could eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members,” said John Moeller, Deputy Garrison Commander.
“That’s exactly what the garrison civilians at Fort Meade do every day, so we instructed our staff to return to work.”
Among those services, the Fort Meade commissary. It’s where a lot of military families do their shopping for cheaper prices.
Among those worried about work at Fort Meade was Wayne Johnson. He was sent home last week and on Tuesday was happy to be back, collecting a paycheck.
“Yeah, it hurts me because I had bills and stuff to pay,” he said.
Johnson wasn’t alone Tuesday as many shared their happiness over the recall of employees to the garrison.
Glenda Slough shops at the commissary. She relies on its benefits.
“I’m on a fixed income. I have social security. I have a small pension from my husband. He died from Agent Orange. So, it’s really important,” she said. “Next to rent, it’s probably my greatest expense. So, I have to come here and save money.”
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