By RICHARD F. BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., announced Friday that $56 million has been included in fiscal 1998's defense budget to pay for refurbishing 36 additional Paladin howitzers at the Letterkenny Army Depot here.
Col. Thomas W. Resau, commander of the 25,000-acre base, said Letterkenny officials were hoping for additional Paladin repair work. The 36 units will mean two months more work for 600 Letterkenny workers and about 100 employees of United Defense, the private subcontractor that does work on the turrets of the tank-like weapons, Resau said.
Letterkenny repairs missile systems and combat vehicles for the Army. All vehicle repair, including the Paladins, will be sent to Anniston Army Depot in Alabama after July 1999, under a consolidation ordered by the Base Realignment and Closure Act. Along with the transfer will be the loss of about 600 Letterkenny jobs dedicated to Paladin repair, Resau said.