Fort Benning to lay off 359

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A Fort Benning defense contractor has filed a notice with the Georgia Department of Labor that it is laying off 359 workers by March 11, although there’s the likelihood many of those affected could be rehired by a succeeding contractor.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Lawton, Okla.-based Eagle Systems & Services Inc., in a letter received by the labor department Tuesday, said it has been told by its prime contractor, ITT/Exelis, that its services are no longer needed as a subcontractor and it is being terminated.

Eagle Systems President Rhonda Clemmer declined to comment late Thursday afternoon, saying she would have to run a prepared statement through her attorney.

ITT/Exelis did not return calls to its offices in McLean, Va.

However, Georgia Department of Labor communications director Sam Hall said his office understands a new contractor will fill the void left by Eagle Systems.

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