Change in contract won't mean job losses at Cherry Point

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Cpl. Tyler J. Borth, a team leader for Bravo Battery, 2nd LAAD, fires a .50 caliber machine gun from the rocking platform of a Coast Guard port security unit boat at the BT-11 bombing range in this file photo. A new range contractor will take over in July, but the change should not result in any lost jobs.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 03:36 PM.

A change in the management contract for Cherry Point’s Tactical Training Range will not mean a mass layoff of workers.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services, which has provided operations support for the range for most of the last 20 years, recently lost a contract bid to URS Corporation, a San Francisco-based company, which is taking over after July 22.

A May 5 notice from the N.C. Department of Commerce had indicated that 92 employees would lose their jobs as a result, but Northrop officials said that would not be the case.

Wes Jarmulowicz,  director of  Combined Tactical Training Ranges for Northrop, said federal law required notification to the commerce department but said the employees would had the option to remain employed with the new contractor, that being URS.

“There is some management positions that will be affected but the workforce, under new federal guidelines, will receive first right of refusal under the new contractor and probably 99 percent of the employees will remain employed as they are today,” Jarmulowicz said.

The 92 employees work in support of Bombing Target 9 and Bombing Target 11 located at and near Piney Island in Carteret County at the juncture of the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound. BT-9 and BT-11 are owned by the Navy and are part of Cherry Point. The site is used for electronic warfare and training of both Navy and Marine Corps pilots and crews.

The training requires a wide range of civilian support personnel, Jarmulowicz said.

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