Letterkenny Army Depot Helping National Security and Economy

Letterkenny Army Depot Helping National Security and Economy

"We can stand tall and say not only are we doing a great job here, but we are in a prime position to do more," said Cawley. "We’re prepared not only to refute any shortsighted thoughts of downsizing our facilities, but quite the opposite. We're here to advocate for the growth of those facilities."

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is touring all 12 military installations throughout Pennsylvania to make a statement about their importance to national security and the local economy.

He and members of Governor Corbett’s Military Community Protection Commission visited Letterkenny Army Depot Wednesday as part of an effort to protect the state’s military installations from anticipated Department of Defense cutbacks.

"We can stand tall and say not only are we doing a great job here, but we are in a prime position to do more," said Cawley. "We’re prepared not only to refute any shortsighted thoughts of downsizing our facilities, but quite the opposite. We're here to advocate for the growth of those facilities."

The Lieutenant Governor says Letterkenny, which employs more than 3,600 people, is vital to the area's economy. He also highlighted its national importance.

"Letterkenny has played a key role in our military, and ultimately, our national security," said Cawley.

But as much as the Governor's office is preparing for potential downsizing, the Lieutenant Governor appears confident in the future of Pennsylvania’s military installations.

"So if the Department of Defense, in these tough economic times, makes decisions to perhaps downsize in other states, we’ll be happy to offer those jobs here in Pennsylvania."

Cawley says it is hard to predict when the next round of base realignment and closure hearings will take place, but it is expected to result in budget cuts. They are cuts Cawley says Pennsylvania will do its hardest to prevent at home

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