"We are pleased to see some of our workforce return to work and look forward to a complete resolution and the return of our remaining personnel," Colonel Gregory McClinton, Garrison Commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, said in a prepared statement Oct. 7.
APG reported Monday that several of its organizations "have mission funding that allowed them to continue to work during the furlough," and "specific missions and positions related to life, health and safety were also 'excepted,'" accounting for the one-third of employees who continued to work during the shutdown.
The return of employees Monday came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said over the weekend that officials could legally eliminate furloughs for employees "whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members." On Saturday, Hagel ordered approximately 400,000 Department of Defense employees back to work.
While "most garrison employees have returned to work...the situation is extremely fluid," according to APG.
As of Oct. 7, APG reported the following about its operations:
RESUMED NORMAL OPERATIONS: Civilian Personnel Advisory Center; library; Department of Human Resources; Department of Public Works; Equal Opportunity Employment Office; Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic; Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office WILL RESUME NORMAL HOURS OCT. 8: Staff Judge Advocate, commissary SERVICE DELAYS: Department of Logistics CLOSED: TMP
OPEN 24 hours: 715 Gate, Route 24 gate CLOSED: Aberdeen Gate, Magnolia Gate OPEN Monday to Friday (6 a.m.–6 p.m.), closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays: Route 22 Gate OPEN 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily: Aberdeen Visitor Center, Wise Road Gate OPEN 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays: Edgewood Visitor Center OPEN 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays: Aberdeen Badge Office, Edgewood Badge Office