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More than 200 people who work at Camp Atterbury are being laid off after a private business lost its contract with the federal government.
Strategic Resources Inc. is laying off 207 employees this month as its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense ends. The company, which is headquartered in McLean, Va., has provided services related to the mobilization, deployment and demobilization of soldiers at the military installation near Edinburgh since 2007, according to documents filed with the state about the layoffs.
The management consulting company currently employs workers at Camp Atterbury in administrative and clerical roles, skilled craft work, telecommunications, information technology, drivers, mechanics, maintenance, technicians and technician instructors, according to the filing. Company officials could not be reached Friday.
The layoffs are set to begin Sept. 30, but some of the positions could be kept longer if the Department of Defense extends the company’s contract, the state filing said.
The contract with Strategic Resources Inc. is expiring because their services supported overseas deployment of troops, and Camp Atterbury will no longer be mobilizing units to serve in Iraq and other countries, public affairs officer Lisa Kopczynski said.
Camp Atterbury has been deploying fewer soldiers each year. About 20,000 soldiers a year used to come through the post on their way to the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or as their first stop when they returned home. But after U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, the number of soldiers passing through dropped. About 5,000 service members were expected to come to Camp Atterbury this year.
Earlier this year, military officials said fewer soldiers training and deploying would mean a sizable cut in federal funding and a reduction of 500 military and civilian jobs at Camp Atterbury related to running the post or helping deploying soldiers fill out paperwork.
In June, TSI Corp., another company that did contract work for the installation, including utility and building maintenance, warehousing and management, announced it was laying off about 50 non-military employees by the end of August and that the job losses were related to funding cutbacks at Camp Atterbury.
The federal government has cut funding for Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Jennings County by 25 percent, from
$460 million to about $350 million. Camp Atterbury will become an inactive mobilization site in the next year.
But officials have been focusing on other ways to bring personnel to the post, including training with drones and large-scale trainings, such as the Vibrant Response last month, one of the nation’s largest military disaster training exercises.
Officials had hoped 100 or more workers could be rehired before the end of the year at Camp Atterbury.
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