Help wanted sign up at FRC East

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

“We’ll see them trickle in over the next three to six months and it will take us another three to six months after that to get them trained up, if they need some training, before we can turn them loose on an aircraft by themselves,” Spratlin said.

The commander said there is “a ton of work” going on right now on the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at FRC East. He said FRC East is working on modifications to its fourth and fifth F-35Bs now.

“That work is progressing nicely,” Spratlin said. “By June or July of this summer, we’re trying to get to six stalls so if the training squadrons can do without them, we will bring those jets in to do those modifications.”

He said the Marine Corps is calling for 16 aircraft to have gone through modifications by July of 2015, which each aircraft requiring about 7,000 to 13,000 hours worth of work.

“That’s going to be tough,” he said. “We’re going to have to really scramble to make that work.”

Spratlin said that 10 of the aircraft will be for VMFA-121 out of Yuma, Ariz., and six more will be for operation tests and evaluations.

He suggested anyone interested in work go to and search for Cherry Point for a listing of available positions. Hiring for the jobs is through the Human Resources Service Center Northeast in Philadelphia.  More information is available at

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