The 128th Refueling Wing is headed back to work

CREATED Oct 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Despite the gridlock on Capitol Hill, there's actually some good news for the thousands of furloughed federal workers.

More than 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees will return to work Tuesday, including folks in Southeast Wisconsin.

The 128th Refueling Wing with the latest is one of the groups returning to work. They were among thousands of civilian defense workers that got to go back to the office.

Last week, Congress passed a law to pay service members. The defense department took that and ran with it, bringing civilians too. Tuesday, that meant dozens returned to the 128th Air Refueling wing in Milwaukee.

Commanding officers say technicians can go right back to work because there's not much else to do. There's no emails to check because no one was around last week to send any.

Nearly 900 civilian employees will also return to work today at Fort McCoy. They too were furloughed in the government shutdown.

First line supervisors at the base also returned to work.