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Thousands Of Jobs Expected Through Fort Bragg Realignment

Posted August 17, 2006 7:55 a.m. EDT

— A recent report shows how the Base Realignment and Closure process at Fort Bragg will affect the workforce in Cumberland County.

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According to the report, Cumberland County is expected to get as many as 3,500 nonmilitary jobs.

"That's a huge statement and that's a huge impact that we're going to have on this community," said Cumberland County Business Council chairman Kirk DeViere.

Officials said the majority of jobs are expected to be in construction, retail and service, housing, education and hospitality. Salaries are expected to range from $14,000 to more than $90,000.

Crews already have millions of dollars in projects off post and on.

"As an example at Fort Bragg, at a job fair about three months ago, Picerne Housing said they had a requirement for 60 carpenters, skilled carpenters, and they only had 12," said base realignment insider Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Dordal.

About 1,100 jobs will be permanent, and about 2,400 will be temporary. The salaries should range from $14,000 for housekeepers to $90,000 for legal specialists.

Local community colleges are getting ready to train people for all of those "Help Wanted" ads.

"[Students] can start right now," said Bob Ervin with Fayetteville Technical Community College. "We're enrolling today. So if they haven't taken a class, we'll get them in today."

The report also suggests the military-related population at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base is expected to increase by more than 12,000 over the next five years. That figure includes military personnel, new civilian employees and their families.