Work remains steady at FRC East despite furlough concerns

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 03:18 PM.

She said training, travel and contracts have been reduced at the facility, but there is optimism for the future.

"We’re also being told that any reductions that we see this year are intended to be reversible, so if we see reductions in this year, we could very well see increases in the next year to make up for them because the aircraft still need to be worked … ," she said.

Also on the horizon is scheduled work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Fennell said FRC East employees are already working in Yuma, Ariz., on F-35s, and she anticipated planned modifications on the aircraft to start as early as July, with the first F-35 coming to Cherry Point. 

ACT members had few questions for Fennell following the presentation. One involved what day employees would be forced to take off if furloughs became a reality, but Fennell could not answer that question. In response to another question, she also said the facility was not doing any work on drones.

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