Depot workload increases; temporary employees remain
Anniston Army Depot artillery repairer Thomas Kerr tightens the recuperator hydraulic line on a M119 towed howitzer. A higher than expected workload for fiscal year 2012 can be seen throughout the depot's Nichols Industrial Complex.

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- With projected workload changes for the next fiscal year, Anniston Army Depot will extend its temporary workforce appointments for an additional six months.

"Our production numbers for fiscal year 2013 look promising," said Depot Commander Col. Timothy Sullivan. "Thus giving us the opportunity to maintain our current employment numbers. The nature of this business forces us to remain flexible in order to meet mission requirements. We are hopeful that this tempo remains steady, which provides the possibility of further extensions. However, such actions are contingent on funding."

All of the depot's 386 temporary employees, whose appointments were scheduled to expire in September 2012, will be extended until March 2013.

Boosting the depot's workload includes commitments in the areas of machining and fabrication for several different vehicle programs.

Six months ago, when faced with decreasing workload requirements, the depot took steps to align its workforce levels. At that time, a total of 562 temporary employees' jobs were subject to expire as their termination dates occurred. To date, 176 of those individuals were released as their appointments ended, voluntarily resigned, or veteran conversions.

Additionally, 320 employees opted to retire under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA)/Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) program. The depot continues to seek employment opportunities for displaced workers from Operation First Rate in coordination with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

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