Bill Hafner, president of Mobile-based VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, said the company will try to hire all 12 students graduating in December from George Stone Technical Center's Aviation Airframe Mechanics program, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The information session was designed to brief the community on the upcoming hiring needs, employment procedures and subcontracting opportunities. The MRO will eventually hire 400 workers. The company's primary facility at the Mobile Aeroplex has about 1,000 workers.
Come December a new group as part of the 96th Test Wing will be activated at Eglin Air Force Base.
The Air Force recently approved the 96th Cyberspace Test Group being formed from the existing 46th Test Squadron. There will be other test units at six separate geographic locations throughout the U.S.
The new group will include three subordinate squadrons: the 45th Test Squadron, 46th Test Squadron and the 47th Cyberspace Test Squadron. About 19 of 50 new positions are projected to be added to the group at Eglin over the next five years.
In addition, a business and logistics division will be established at Eglin to provide program management, budget and finance, as well as logistics, security and information technology functions.
The change brings current AFTC cyberspace test capabilities under a single command structure of the newly formed group, but leaves all the current jobs, missions and assets in place at their current operating locations. (Post)
This is all occurring at a time when this region is making a big push to train a new generation in cybersecurity.
The Pentagon is accelerating production of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet even though the planes already delivered are facing "significantly longer repair times" than planned because maintenance facilities are six years behind schedule, according to a draft audit.
The Government Accountability Office, Congress's watchdog agency, found the time to repair a part has averaged 172 days, twice the program’s objective. The shortages are "degrading readiness" because the fighter jets "were unable to fly about 22 percent of the time" from January through August for lack of needed parts. Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 integrated training center. (Post)
The National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola was named one of the Top 25 museums across the globe by TripAdvisor as part of its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards.
The museum ranked No. 16 on the list that included such well-known museums as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The rankings are based on quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide gathered by TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.
The 350,000-square-foot museum on 37 acres has a variety of attractions and more than 150 military aircraft representing the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. (Post)
NASA awarded 24 Multiple Award Construction Contract Two (MACC-II) contracts to 20 small businesses and four large firms for general construction services at NASA's Stennis Space Center and several other agency locations. It has an anticipated value not to exceed $3 billion during an eight-year ordering period.
MACC-II project work includes, but is not limited to, alteration, modification, maintenance and repair, demolition, design-build and new construction of buildings, facilities and real property at Stennis; NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, including White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M.; NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Fla.; and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., including Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Businesses in the Gulf Coast region awarded contracts are Healtheon and Pontchartrain Partners, both of New Orleans; ESA South Inc., Cantonment, Fla.; Orocon Construction and WG Yates & Sons Construction Co., both of Biloxi, Miss.; Drace Construction Corp., Ocean Springs, Miss.; CCI Energy and Construction Services, Shalimar, Fla.; and MOWA Barlovento JV-2, Gautier, Miss. (Post)