Work remains steady at FRC East despite furlough concerns

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Tyler Harris, community liaison officer at Cherry Point, listens during a meeting of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group Wednesday in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 03:18 PM.

Despite concerns about furloughs and budget cuts at Cherry Point’s Fleet Readiness Center East, work remains steady at the maintenance and repair facility, according to an official.

Mary Beth Fennell, integrated product team director at FRC East, spoke at a meeting Wednesday of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

She said that because of the non-Navy workload, the sequestration will have less of an impact on FRC East than at other similar facilities around the country.

"The long-term forecasts are very promising and there is no question about the need for the work that we do for our warfighter," Fennell told the group. "We actually are impacted by a smaller number of hours than the other two sites because we have more non-Navy inductions. And we have a higher percentage of component work than the other FRCs."

She admitted that sequestration could mean less work for the Navy during the second half of the year and could also lead to furloughs for the 3,400 civilian workers at the facility. But, she said, there is no official word on furloughs and that other work would keep the facility busy.

"At this point in time there is no talk of reductions in component workload," she said. "There is no talk of reductions in non-Navy workloads, so all of our Air Force work, all of our Department of State work and our partnership work is expected to continue. So we’re working out plans to shuffle people around such that we can keep that workload flowing if we end up with a shortage of Navy inductions."

She said FRC East leadership is making plans if furloughs come, which would result in one unpaid day off during the week for 22 weeks for civilian workers.

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