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Select furloughed employees recalled back to work Monday

Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Air Force Academy, Norad, U.S. Northcom, Pueblo Chemical Depot and likely DOD civilians

Furloughed AFA teacher excited to get back to work

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Furloughed workers at Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy as well as Pueblo Chemical Depot are heading back to work Monday morning. (10/7/13)

Fort Carson has recalled all of its DA civilians and the commissary will reopen Monday.

21st Space Wing leaders announced civilian employees will be back to work starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Norad and U.S. Northcom will also bring back their furloughed workers Monday. That includes 700 civilian workers.

The Pueblo Chemical Depot employees on furlough will return at 6:30 a.m. Lawyers reviewing the Pay Our Military Act determined that most Department of Defense civilians could return to work immediately.

Those employeeds endured six days of the government shutdown. Going back Monday is a surprise to many of those not working.

David Sacko teaches political science at the Air Force Academy. He's had a hard time dealing with the furlough, but to his surprise, he'll be one of the more than 900 furloughed employees coming back.

Sacko was preparing for class again sunday night. (10/6/13)

"Oh my gosh! It did happen," he said when he heard the news.

He hasn't glanced at his work for a week.

"I had gotten used to getting up and the uncertainty."

However, that uncertainty went away after Sacko got a phone call from his boss.

"Had been expecting the worst and I got some good news," said Sacko.

While David's been expecting the worst, he's been stretching out the stress at Sun Pilates Studio.

"Since things have gotten a little bit more complex, been feeling good," he said.

The owner of the studio, Dawn King, is offering free classes to furloughed workers.

"I'm not even sure where we are in the syllabus," said Sacko with a smile.

Even though he's going back to the classroom, he can't expect a paycheck.

"It'll be good to be back teaching doing what I do and I know eventually it'll catch up."

A good attitude for a teacher who's called the Academy home for 12 years.

"Feels a lot better and that the institution it going to bring us through and bring us back," he said.

Nevertheless, he knows the rest of the country is still in trouble.

"For us select federal employees and the department of defense, we're able to resume, but it's definitely still an issue," said Sacko.

Sacko will be teaching again bright and early Monday morning at 7:30 a.m.

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