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Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 05:17 PM.

“Before that sequestration, what many of you may not know is that the operations and maintenance for the Navy, the blue dollar account that funds basically the work that FRC East does, also got a 17 percent budget mark, so that hurt us,” Spratlin said. “That really hurt us last summer as the workload fell off and the forecasts for the following year, for this next year, weren’t very clear. We were given three different scenarios on what that forecast would be in terms of the workload, so that was unclear for this coming year, so we still got some problems, but now our problems are good problems to have.”

Spratlin explained that the facility that hiring couldn’t keep up with the workload, which drew a round of applause from the members of ACT, whose sole purpose is support of Cherry Point and the jobs it provides.

Spratlin said that even as late as January and February, the funding was procured for the work because leadership realized that four or five years would be needed to catch up.

“They are trying to get me to recover it all in this year, which is going to be tough to do,” Spratlin said.

Expected workload for the year went from 13 to 18 AV-8B Harries, from nine to 17 V-22 Ospreys, from seven to 20 H-53 helicopters, and from four to 27 H-1 helicopters. He said that maintenance on the H-53 helicopter requires about 13,000 hours of work alone on each aircraft.

He said finding properly trained personnel for the highly skilled jobs required in aircraft repair was proving difficult, but he appreciated the educated workers coming from the Institute of Aeronautical Technology at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College.

Spratlin said FRC East is looking at 340 hirings, with jobs ranging from entry level to senior level.

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