Mon. 4:49pm: 910th still hampered by shutdown

VIENNA – While civilian employees have returned to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, their operations are still limited; all flights are grounded and an approaching drill day for about 1,400 reservists is up in the air.

“Although all YARS employees are accepted as Department of Defense employees, operations are still curtailed to include no flying operations and limited off base duties,” said Maj. Brent Davis, chief of public affairs at the station.

Davis said the 400 employees have returned but “it’s not like it’s business as usual.” He along with the other employees were sent home from work Oct. 1 as part of the federal government shutdown.

The decision to bring back the civilians was announced Saturday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, based on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act.

It is Davis’ understanding that there will be backpay for the days YARS employees were forced to stay home. The next payday for YARS employees is Friday, at which time he said they will see how everything is sorted out.

“It’s hard to put your finger on,” Davis said.

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