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NEWS
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 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.
NEWS
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.)
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot's first African-American commander spoke during the Chambersburg base's annual Black History Month observance. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Gaskill Sr. was the guest speaker at Wednesday's event held in the great room at depot headquarters. Gaskill served as depot commander from 1974 to 1975 and was the first African-American to assume command of the base. Current commander Col. Victor S. Hagan is the second African-American to hold the position.
OBITUARIES
January 23, 2013
Jack K. Small, 77, of Chambersburg, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in the Chambersburg Hospital.  Born Feb. 6, 1935, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Samuel and Roberta Brake Small. A career U.S. Navy sailor, Jack served for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a Chief Petty Officer.  During his Naval career, Jack worked aboard nuclear submarines. After retiring, he went to work at Letterkenny Army Depot for five years before he entered the restaurant business as owner and operator of Jack's Café in Greencastle until he retired in 1992.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2013
Letterkenny employees and area residents paused Tuesday to remember the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during Letterkenny Army Depot's annual tribute to the civil rights leader. Retired Army Col. Charles D. Allen was the guest speaker at the event held in the great room at depot headquarters. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then, I said, here I am, send me,'” said Allen, quoting Isaiah 6:8 from the Bible. This has been the reply of many blacks who have been called to service and who in the face of adversity stood up to be counted in the pursuit of a higher good, Allen said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
On Friday, Letterkenny Army Depot laid off the first dozen of what will be approximately 244 contracted workers through March. The layoffs will occur in a phased approach between January and March, a depot news release stated. “Over the past decade Letterkenny Army Depot has utilized a contractor workforce to help accomplish temporary workload surges to meet Department of Army mission requirements. These programs are short-term in duration and require resizing of the contract workforce to match the workload requirements,” according to a release.
OBITUARIES
January 8, 2013
Raymond Keefer Roof, 93, of St. Thomas, Pa., died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Village of Laurel Run, Fayetteville, Pa. He was born Aug. 30, 1919, in Chambersburg, Pa., the son of Robert Roof and Sarah Stickell Roof. He was the widower of Mabel Robison Roof, who died in May of 1999. They were married on Feb. 23, 1946, in Steelton, Pa. They made their home, and raised their children in Kauffman Station before moving to St. Thomas. He spent his formative years from age 5 until 18 years of age in the Milton Wright Orphanage, Kauffman Station, Pa. He joined the U.S. Army on March 17, 1939.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2012
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who died Sunday, could be a polarizing figure, but he spoke to the point and often elicited laughs with his quips. Specter represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for three decades. He lost a re-election bid after switching from the Republican to the Democratic party in 2009. L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., said Specter tried to visit each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties every year or two years. Ross described Specter as a key player in helping Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., through the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process in 2005.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 10, 2012
Letterkenny Army Depot dedicated a route clearance vehicle positioner Wednesday in memory of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner of Greencastle, Pa. Bitner, 37, was killed April 23, 2011, in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. Gary Rosenberry, chief of Letterkenny's route clearance vehicle division, said dedicating the new equipment as the “Bitner Positioner” was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldier. “Everything we do here is in support of the war fighter.
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