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CSC opens Keesler, Biloxi offices

Posted 7/29/2008   Updated 7/29/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Susan Griggs
Keesler News


7/29/2008 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, MISS.  -- Computer Sciences Corp. opens two offices Thursday to begin assembling the contractor team that starts taking over Keesler's support functions Nov. 1. 

The on-base office is in Room 202, Sablich Center, phone 376-8550. Another office is located at 169-B Lameuse Street, Biloxi, phone 436-3432. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

The company is also planning a job fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Wingate Hotel in D'Iberville. 

In the meantime, potential employees are invited to drop off resumes at one of the offices. Resumes may also be e-mailed to lmcfarland@csc.com. 

CSC is a Fortune 500 company with worldwide expertise in information technology and base operating support services. CSC employs about 90,000 people in 92 countries. The company expects to hire more than 300 people for work at Keesler. 

"We've been peddling hard behind the scenes," said Roger Condit from CSC's Applied Technology Division in Fort Worth, Texas, who'll be Keesler's program manager. "We're actively recruiting, but we aren't hiring yet because we're still awaiting the right-of-first-refusal list from the civilian personnel office. Those employees affected by the A-76 transition have first consideration for all jobs for which they are qualified." 

Mr. Condit is no stranger to Keesler or the Air Force. He refers to himself as "an Air Force brat who went into the family business." He first came to Keesler in 1967 as an airman third class trainee in the air traffic control career field. 

"I noticed there's a 'scheduled for demolition' sign on Avery Manor, the dorm where I lived," he pointed out. "I came back to Keesler as a second lieutenant personnel officer while I awaited pilot training. After flying, I moved into support positions for the rest of my military career." 

Mr. Condit went to work for CSC in 1999. He's in the process of relocating from San Antonio to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We've been through all the A-76 ups and downs, too," he explained. "We got conditional approval 10 days before Hurricane Katrina hit, and then everything was put on hold. Now we're ready to go to work." 

"It's a privilege for us to work at Keesler," Mr. Condit continued. "The Air Force is a big client, and we're proud that they continue to rely on us for their service needs." 

CSC is an ISO 9001-certified company, meaning it's guided by a quality management system to make its organization more competitive, efficient and effective. 

"We believe in a quality approach and aim for constant improvement," Mr. Condit explained. "We believe in open two-way collaborative communication. It takes frank talk in a spirit of doing what's right for the mission and the customer. We're excited about this partnership with Keesler." 

Mr. Condit emphasized that CSC is committed to hiring people from the local area. Recruiting materials for the Keesler program mention a wide range of employment opportunities in various areas, including customer services; building and utility trades; environmental management; emergency management; engineering, architectural and technical services, housing management; warehouse and supply management; financial and accounting; civilian personnel records; fitness and community centers; education services; and library programs. 

"We want people who want to be here," he stressed. "We want folks with demonstrated skills. Hiring locally is the right thing to do -- it's good business. It lowers the turnover rate and keeps the quality and performance level up." 

Acknowledging the hardships of a workforce that's endured not only Katrina, but the challenges of Keesler's competitive sourcing roller-coaster, Mr. Condit commented, "The people at Keesler are survivors, and being a survivor is a characteristic of a winning team. We have a positive relationship with Keesler's leadership, contracting officials and the competitive sourcing office. We understand the importance of Keesler's mission, and we're excited about joining a winning team in a winning community."



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