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Barksdale commissary, other services to re-open Tuesday

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BOSSIER CITY, La -

The commissary where military families and retirees at Barksdale Air Force Base buy their groceries will re-open Tuesday at 7 a.m.

That means civilian employees contracted through Goodwill Industries will also be back at work.

The commissary was closed down by the shutdown of the U.S. government because of Congress not approving a budget for the new fiscal year that began Oct. 1

D.J. Roman, who manages Marketing and Community Relations for Goodwill, says 47 civilian employees were actually back at work today.

Those workers fill positions like stocking shelves and other custodial duties at the commissary.

Over the weekend Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that most Department of Defense civilians placed on emergency furlough were being asked to return to work this week.

However, many other civilian employees still remain at home.

60 contract workers at the Arc of Caddo-Bossier are still furloughed.

Even though Barskdale says custodial duties will resume partially tomorrow, officials at the Arc say, so far, they haven't received the call to return to the base.

Roman says it's been tough to explain to their employees exactly what's happening, and why.

"Many of the employees that are a part of this contract with the commissary do have disabilities and some of them are severe and they really didn't quite understand what was going on or there were some misunderstandings about it. So it's kind of confusing for them why they're out of work all of a sudden but they're happy to be back at work," Roman says.

The commissary administrative staff was on the job Monday with some vendors re-stocking shelves.

Commissary hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hagel said Pentagon and Department of Justice attorneys concluded that the law allows defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.

The library, as well as the base switchboard, will still be closed.

The Military Personnel Section -or MPS - also remains closed for I.D. cards.

The Wood Hobby Shop, Marketing, and Outdoor Recreation continue with limited services.

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