Fort Benning to lay off 359

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 7:53 AM
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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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crkgrdn 02/17/12 - 12:47 pm
Oh, and the AC has a banner

Oh, and the AC has a banner across the top of today's paper that proclaims the recovery of the economy. And, in other stories we find that the nation's unemployment is really at 15%. As Charlie Brown would appropriately say, "GOOD GRIEF!"

bjphysics 02/17/12 - 01:07 pm
This does not mean what you

This does not mean what you think it means. The article states:

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

That means the work still exists, these types of support contracts come up for rebid every 3-5 years. The low bidder wins (costs never actually go down, it’s just a paper game) and hires most (minus the deadwood) of the former team; same people, new badges.

I have friends (defense scientists) that have worked at Eglin AFB for 30 years doing this kind of work. Many have been fired/rehired on the same day; out with the old badge and in with the new. From SAIC to BAE Systems in the blink of an eye; the drawback is they take a new picture, so you lose that badge picture of the thin young pretty you, replaced with the 5 lbs heavier and 5 years older you.

Think about it, what makes more business sense; hire all new people and pay relocation or hire the old people in place.

seenitB4 02/17/12 - 04:54 pm
bj...Do you go to Destin/Ft

bj...Do you go to Destin/Ft Walton area very often?? That is one of my fav places to vacation....I'll be there in a few months with my the beautiful white sands---the bright blue/green water the tasty seafood.......great shopping..great hotels..
Stayed there for 1 month on vac a few years back....gob loves the golf there.

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