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March 21, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot this week is completing layoffs of 244 contracted employees as announced in January, a depot spokeswoman said. The layoffs occurring this week are not associated with the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to depot spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant. Instead, demand decreased for an Army Humvee program, Bryant said. “The workforce was resized to meet the workload,” she said. The depot, which employs up to 4,000 people, is anticipating additional layoffs and furloughs related to the sequester.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2011
Two new government contracts won by AECOM Technology Corp. will preserve 420 jobs at Letterkenny Army Depot as the company begins to handle technical support services at the depot. The affected employees, who were working under an existing contract, will move to the contracts awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration to AECOM, a Letterkenny spokeswoman said. The two concurrent contracts total $72 million over three years, an AECOM news release stated. AECOM will work with production engineering, electronic support, manufacturing and fabrication, mechanical equipment, and paint.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | November 3, 2011
Letterkenny Army Depot and Franklin County officials celebrated a milestone Thursday that they say will ensure that between 300 and 400 jobs stay in Chambersburg through 2013. Depot commander Col. Cheri A. Provancha recognized the men and women at Letterkenny for completing two separate systems - a Patriot Launcher and a Patriot Guidance Enhancement Missile, or GEM-T, during two ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the depot. Provancha said the two programs are not creating new jobs, but will maintain job security.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2011
When an armored vehicle escorting a military convoy clears out a roadside bomb or a soldier wipes his feet as he enters a tent to eat, sleep or relax, there's a good chance that the equipment came from Letterkenny Army Depot north of Chambersburg. A sprawling campus of more than 18,000 acres, the depot is the equivalent of a $1.4 billion business, said Mark Sheffield, deputy to the commander. That's almost five times the value - $298 million - of its programs in fiscal 2004. Much of the growth is due to Letterkenny's missions, which changed dramatically following  the Sept.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 1, 2013
Franklin County's largest employer braced itself for the fallout from the federal budget cuts set to go into effect Friday. Letterkenny Army Depot Commander Col. Victor S. Hagan Sr. made a statement to the depot work force that a work furlough of up to 22 nonconsecutive days would begin the week of April 22 and could continue through September if an agreement is not reached. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Feb. 20 that if automatic government spending cuts - called a “sequester” - kick in on March 1, he might have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2012
Leadership of Letterkenny Army Depot transferred during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Chambersburg depot. Col. Cheri A. Provancha relinquished the title of commander to Col. Victor S. Hagan, who becomes the depot's 47th commanding officer. Nearly 300 elected officials, business leaders, soldiers, depot employees, and family and friends of honorees attended the ceremony. “This marks a new era of leadership for Letterkenny,” said Major General Lynn A. Collyar, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | August 11, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Col. Robert A. Swenson ended his two-year command of Letterkenny Army Depot and his 27 years of military service with high praise Friday as the command was handed over to Col. Steven A. Shapiro. "I think Letterkenny is the best job a colonel can have," said Swenson, 48. "Although I'm no longer a part of Letterkenny, it will always be a part of me. " "Under Swenson, the depot has turned into a world-class facility," said Maj. Gen. James R. Myles of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday celebrated receiving its ninth Shingo medallion for excellence in manufacturing at a time when federal budget cuts are forcing operational changes. “Letterkenny will continue to raise the bar for itself, proving that no matter what obstacles we face, there will be absolutely no depreciation to the value of Letterkenny,” said Col. Victor S. Hagan, the depot's commander. As military spending continues to be reduced, the work at Letterkenny Army Depot will remain exceptional, Hagan said at a ceremony for the prize.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot stands to be one of the biggest losers if the federal sequestration cuts take place as scheduled in one week. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the depot would absorb spending reductions of more than $449 million. This would mean a massive loss of jobs and a ripple effect on the economy. “We've got real families here that are very nervous and anxious about what's going to happen,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County (Pa.)
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by Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer | September 8, 2006
A row of 27 Humvees glistens in the sun Thursday at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. The combat-ready vehicles, which are refurbished at the depot, were lined up during a presentation recognizing depot workers.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
The spirit of a Sept. 11, 2001, commemoration Sunday afternoon prompted Betty L. Bitner to make an impromptu decision and place a sentimental possession in a time capsule. Bitner, of Chambersburg, put a coin on top of the items already packed into the time capsule, which will be opened in 2021. She had carried the coin for the past several years since her parents died. The coin has a message on it about God carrying people in difficult times. The concept resonated with Bitner as she reflected on the nearly 3,000 people killed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago. “As I think of this, it's symbolic these people went home to their Lord,” she said.
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August 21, 2013
The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and its Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee, will conduct a 9/11 memorial service near the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. The chapel service will be Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Letterkenny chapel at Letterkenny Army Depot in  Chambersburg. The guest speakers will be U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Terry L. Shaffer, retired chief of the Shanksville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Department.
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August 15, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot is holding its regularly scheduled Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Building 14 Public Works Conference Room. Building 14 is at the intersection of Michigan and Overcash avenues. Access to Building 14 does not require driving through the Letterkenny security gate. Updates will be presented on current environmental issues regarding the Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, program and the Installation Restoration Program.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2013
The first of 11 days without pay through September begins Friday for workers at Franklin County's largest employer, according to a Letterkenny Army Depot official. The furlough begins this week and continues at the rate of one furlough day per week through Sept. 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year, according to depot officials. “Approximately 2,600 civilians and contractors will be affected by the furlough,” Letterkenny spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant wrote in an email Thursday.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
The rusting hulk of the Chevrolet Army truck sat near the machine shop off Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown for more than three decades. When its owner, William Kaplan, died in 2004 at the age of 93, his son inherited the truck. William Glenn Kaplan had his heart set on restoring the truck, something he would do to honor his father. “When I see this truck, I see my dad, and I restored it in his memory,” said William Glenn Kaplan, 63, of Maugansville. It last was used around 1973, and was idle for so long that its engine locked up. In 2006, the truck was put on a tractor-trailer and taken to his son's property in Hedgesville, W.Va.
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May 28, 2013
Lt. Col. Bryan Fowler will assume command of Letterkenny Munitions Center at 10 a.m. June 6 in a ceremony at Letterkenny Army Depot, making him the first military commander of the Munitions Center. Fowler will replace Ed Averill, who served as the director and will continue working for the Munitions Center as the civilian executive assistant to the commander. Fowler, originally from Atlanta, most recently served as chief of plans and integration in XVIII Airborne Corps' G-4 office at Fort Bragg, N.C. The ceremony will be hosted by Col. Linwood Clark, commander of the Crane (Ind.)
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2013
Workers at Letterkenny Army Depot will see a 22-day work furlough that was expected to begin this week as part of the federal budget sequester reduced by eight days, according to a depot spokeswoman. The United States Department of Defense has reduced the number of furlough days to 14, Letterkenny spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant said. The furlough was expected to begin in April and continue through September, Bryant said. Now, the furlough is slated to begin in mid- to late June, she said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster has introduced legislation he said would stop the wasteful mismanagement of funds while securing work for Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. Shuster, R-Pa., opposes continued development funding of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. “MEADS is a failure, and we can no longer afford to continue spending millions of dollars on a program that DoD has stated they have no intention of completing,” Shuster said in a news release. While visiting the Chambersburg depot last week, Shuster said he would prefer funding designated for MEADS instead be invested in the Patriot missiles systems developed at Letterkenny.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday celebrated receiving its ninth Shingo medallion for excellence in manufacturing at a time when federal budget cuts are forcing operational changes. “Letterkenny will continue to raise the bar for itself, proving that no matter what obstacles we face, there will be absolutely no depreciation to the value of Letterkenny,” said Col. Victor S. Hagan, the depot's commander. As military spending continues to be reduced, the work at Letterkenny Army Depot will remain exceptional, Hagan said at a ceremony for the prize.
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