Army targets APG for Possible Job Cuts July 28, 2014
The 2.5 million square-foot C4ISR office complex houses 5,000 employees at Aberdeen Proving Ground but could face job losses under a new assessment.
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:30 am | Updated: 12:30 pm, Fri Jul 25, 2014.
By Cheryl Mattix firstname.lastname@example.org
ELKTON — Cecil County Executive Tari Moore is concerned about a recent Department of the Army report that targets Aberdeen Proving Ground for a potential loss of 4,300 military and civilian jobs by 2020 as a result of federal budget cuts.
“This has the potential to impact a number of people who live in Cecil County and work at APG,” Moore said afternoon.
She will attend a “Community Call to Action” on at Aberdeen High School to learn more about the impact potential job reductions could have on Cecil and Harford counties. Moore is urging citizens, public officials and business leaders to attend the meeting, which will from
The Army Alliance and Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor is organizing the event, which includes a panel discussion and a question-and-answer period, to raise awareness in the community that a major employer could be cutting jobs in the next few years.
APG employs a total workforce, including military, civilians and contract employees, of about 22,000, according to Kelly Luster, director of communications at the U.S. Army Garrison at APG.
“The majority of APG’s employees fall into the civilian category,” Luster said. He didn’t have exact numbers for how many APG employees live in Cecil County, but he said Cecil has the second highest number of employees behind Harford County, which has the most.
Others live in Baltimore County, Delaware and Pennsylvania mostly, he said.
APG is one of nine Army installations in the country targeted for potential troop and personnel cuts and only one of two on the East Coast. Fort Meade is the only other Maryland installation impacted.
“The DoA has completed a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 force structure realignment, which was released ,” said Karen Holt, regional manager for the CSSC.
“Final decisions have not yet been made,” she said, indicating the impetus for this proposal is the result of federal budget constraints and decisions to reduce Army’s active duty troops from 570,000 to 490,000.
“Sequestration could further reduce the number to 420,000,” Holt said.
Army Alliance and CSSC members hope public awareness to this issue will rally people to write letters to their U.S. senators and congressional representatives voicing their concern about the negative impact such a job reduction would have on the local economy and the Army’s mission at APG.