Civilian workforce town hall set for Monday
April 25, 2012
By Vince Little
FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 25, 2012) -- Garrison leaders will touch base with Fort Benning's civilian workforce next week to discuss command philosophy, Army values and manpower.
Two town hall meetings are set for Monday at Marshall Auditorium in McGinnis-Wickam Hall, the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters on Main Post. The forums begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Workers on post may attend either session.
The Army has not announced any more civilian workforce reductions for Fort Benning, but officials want to maintain a constant dialogue with employees across the installation, said Brandon Cockrell, the garrison's chief of plans, analysis and integration.
"We know as much as they know," he said of projected spending decreases by the Department of Defense. "Many decisions have not been released, and we are as uncertain of the potential future impacts as they are. We are working to posture Fort Benning to best accept any adjustments made with minimal impact across the installation."
Last July, the Army directed a cut in its civilian labor force by about 8,700 slots overall as part of forecasted federal budget cuts. Installation Management Command, Training and Doctrine Command, and Army Materiel Command leaders were told to reduce civilian positions here by 247 before the end of fiscal 2012, which comes to a close Sept. 30.
At Fort Benning, however, a workforce restructuring and reshaping effort has been under way since the July directive, said Col. Jeffrey Fletcher, the garrison commander. The reorganization should be made simpler after the MCoE met Base Realignment and Closure objectives in September for full operating capacity.