CSRA expansion means more high-tech jobs, more pilots can train
Construction is well underway and Computer Sciences Corporation—now CSRA Inc.—is planning to open its newest flight simulator and office building in October. The current expansion is expected to lead to 10 to 20 new jobs in Daleville, according to Shannon Booker, External Relations with CSRA, located in Falls Church, VA.
In August 2015, CSC Government Services/CSRA, Inc. purchased land adjacent to its current facilities in the Industrial Park at a cost of $285,000 from the city of Daleville. The land had been home to two 1970s-era ball fields. Now that land will contain a 40,000 square foot facility and house multiple new flight simulators and offices for the company.
The CSRA Simulator Complex in Daleville AL is and has been the largest helicopter simulation training facility in the world since the early 2000s.
According to Richard Adamonis, head of Global Communications at CSC in New York, NY, the Daleville operations are “part of Flight School XXI which is now part of CSRA, the spin-off of CSC focused on U.S. government business.”
CSC began operations with a $10 million, 140,000 square-foot facility—Warrior Hall—that opened in mid-2005. Warrior Hall and all expansions since it was built are part of a 19.5 year $1.1 billion contract to provide flight training.
By the end of May 2011 the company had added 15,000 more square feet for office space for government employees. That administrative facility was built as a result of a $28 million modification to the corporation’s existing Flight School XXI contract for an increase in simulator-based flight and aviation training support at Fort Rucker. The Army began implementing Flight School XXI in 2002.
Hundreds of flight students train at the Daleville facilities weekly.
Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth said, “Daleville is proud to be home to the world’s largest rotary wing flight simulator center. The expansion of CSC facilities in Daleville solidifies their presence in our city especially when that expansion includes additional jobs. The city of Daleville was able to sell to CSC our industrial park ball fields approximately, seven acres of land. We will take the proceeds from the sale of that land and develop two additional ball fields at our Culpepper Park softball facility. The CSC expansion is definitely a win-win for the city of Daleville.”
– Article originally published in The Southeast Sun, January 27, 2016. Written by Jan Murray.