From the Army Alliance:
(Aberdeen, MD)—The Army Alliance, in partnership with the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor (CSSC), requests community participation in an information session and public forum on proposed job losses at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD. This event will serve as a ‘Community Call to Action’ with 4,300 military and civilian jobs at stake. The forum will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Aberdeen High School Auditorium, 251 Paradise Road in Aberdeen, from 6:00PM-8:00PM.
APG is one of nine Army installations selected for potential troop and personnel reductions, representing nearly a third of existing staff levels. The Department of the Army has completed a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 force structure realignment, which was released on June 26, 2014.
Final decisions have not yet been made as to which installations will be selected for reductions in soldiers and Army civilians. This is a result of the current federal budget constraints and the resulting reduction of the Army’s active duty from 570,000 to 490,000 troop numbers. Sequestration could further reduce the number to 420,000. Fort Meade is the only other Maryland installation impacted by the current SPEA. They are the only two installations impacted on the East Coast.
The Army Alliance and CSSC encourage maximum participation at the Community Call to Action forum from public officials, citizens and business leaders to continue an ongoing dialogue about protecting APG’s unique mission capabilities and its skilled workforce.
“While this is not a BRAC activity, it is a process in which we must remain engaged as informed citizens to ensure relative stability to proportioned reductions,” says Army Alliance President Jill McClune.
Following introductory remarks by Harford County Executive David Craig and City of Aberdeen Mayor Michael Bennett, the forum will host a panel of state and local leaders who will provide more detailed information regarding the findings of the SPEA report and discuss the possible impacts to the Greater APG community throughout the Corridor. A Q & A session will follow.
The panel will be moderated by James Richardson, Harford County Economic Development Director, and feature the following speakers:
– BGen J. Michael Hayes, USMC (Ret), Managing Director, Office of Military & Federal Affairs, MD Department of Business & Economic Development;
– Jill McClune, President, Army Alliance
– Eric McLauchlin, Esq. , Attorney at Law, Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC, and Chair of Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board; and
– Brian M. Simmons, Army Alliance Board of Directors
“The SPEA public comment period will conclude on August 25, 2014, and the forum provides an opportunity to educate the community on the findings and develop a unified community response,” said Karen Holt, Regional Manager, CSSC.
Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request; please notify Eva Hanley in advance at 410-273-5708.