Hundreds hope to land new Bragg jobs

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April 23, 2010 3:50:24 PM PDT
Hundreds lined up at Fort Bragg Friday for a chance to learn about new jobs that are coming with the relocation of U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters to the post.

Army officials were in town to look over the job pool and collect resumes.

Among the hopeful was Staff Sergeant Michael Collins - who hopes to land a job working in maintenance or logistics.

"Due to the economy and I'm retiring and I'm getting out and I'm hoping to find a job in this area because I want to stay in this area and continue to work with the military after I retire," he told ABC11.

The relocation of FORSCOM and the United States Army Reserve headquarters from Atlanta to Bragg means lots of opportunities. More than a thousand people packed the Fort Bragg Club Friday - passing out resumes and hoping to make connections that will get them hired.

"FORCOM is interesting to me. It seems like there's an opportunity for something that confirmed and has some longevity to it," offered civilian employee Jeffery Saffold.

Initially, the Army predicted about 90-percent of the workforce in Atlanta would make the move to Fort Bragg, but now that number may be lower. That means there may be more jobs available.

"So what we're trying to do today is develop some applicant pools," explained Human Resources Director Ronna Garrett. "To be prepared and ready in the event that the civilians who have initially said they will move do not move."

Chief Warrant Officer Clarence Rice hopes to help his wife land a FORSCOM job.

"Great opportunities for employment, bring the new jobs here and greatly improve the economy in Fayetteville as well," he said.

And that's the hope of a lot of people who live in Fayetteville.

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