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No word on how many Nellis AFB civilians back at work

Updated Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 | 5:44 p.m.

The Pentagon ordered most of its furloughed civilian employees back to work over the weekend, but it remains unclear today how many civilians that decision impacted at Nellis Air Force Base.

About 1,100 civilian employees at Nellis were sent home Tuesday when the government shut down. But based on the Pentagon’s legal interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act, most of the Department of Defense’s 400,000 furloughed civilians were brought back to work.

Nellis officials confirmed that “some” employees were back at work today per Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision on Saturday, but they did not release an exact number. The commissary has reopened and is back to normal hours, officials said.

Meanwhile, more than 500 Nevada National Guard federal technician workers are expected to return to work on Tuesday, Nevada National Guard officials said. The returning workers perform support roles, including personnel finance, administration and maintenance functions for the state National Guard.

Officials would not comment about if or when civilian workers would receive a paycheck.

Sun reporter Jackie Valley contributed to this story.

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