Crew Training International Lays of 68 Workers in Alamogordo, New Mexico


Crew Training Internation Lays of 68 Workers in Alamogordo, New Mexico (

The company operating as Crew Training Internation was founded as a Tennessee corporation in 1992 by Alan Mullen and Steve Harden, both former TOPGUN instructors and longtime residents of Germantown/Collierville, Tennessee, out of Al’s garage. Their first large DoD contract was with the US Air Force to provide Crew Resource Management (CRM) Training to combat aircrews in 1999.  The company has grown steadily and boasts of employing over 450 developers, instructors and administrative staff in 19 states and across the world. The company headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee.

The company had a contract in Alamogordo as a contractor with the United States Air Force. Crew Training International is reducing its workforce by about 15% with the announcement that its contract in Alamogordo New Mexico has not been renewed. The result of this shut down is the layoff of 68 employees at the Alamogordo training facility.  The economic impact is a potential hit of approximately $3.5 Million in payroll plus the loss of taxes and other revenues to the City of Alamogordo due to this contract loss and loss of another employer within the city.

The AirForce and DOD contracts department responded to inquiries from and and suggested that the department "is evaluating vendors and cannot make comment on the reason for the contract not being renewed" with the Crew Training International in Alamogordo.

The layoff announcement came as a surprise to some as in January 2024, the company had announced that Crew Training International Inc., had been awarded a $14,990,961 firm-fixed-price modification (P00057) to a previously awarded contract (FA4890-19-C-0003) for the MQ-9 Aircrew Training and Courseware Development Contract. The contract modification was for the exercise of the six-month extension of services. The modification brought the total cumulative face value of the original contract to $259,085,983. Work was to be performed at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada; Holloman AFB, New Mexico; March Air Reserve Base, California; and Hancock Air National Guard Base, New York, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2024. Fiscal 2024 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $736,981 are being obligated at time of award. Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

The company itself failed to respond to media inquiries at the time of this article publication.

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