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Col. Blayne Spratlin, left, commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point, discusses base business with Hugh Overholt, retired major general of the U.S. Army, and Jamie Norment, of the firm Ward and Smith, at the Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow meeting held Thursday in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 05:17 PM.

The commander at Fleet Readiness Center East said Thursday that he has two problems.

He has a large amount of work and he can’t hire people fast enough at the aircraft maintenance and repair facility at Cherry Point.

“Those are good problems to have,” Col. Blayne Spratlin told about 60 people at the general membership meeting for the Allies of Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group in Havelock.

“Right now I’ve got more work than I can do in this next year and I can’t hire enough people fast enough, so that’s good news,” Spratlin said.

He said the facility has gone from working on 33 aircraft to 81.

“We have more than doubled the amount of work that we’ve got to do right now,” he said.

Spratlin said this year stands in contrast to last year, when the facility was faced with sequestration, furloughs and a hiring freeze.



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