The Army has announced plans to consolidate its ordnance training facility at Fort Belvoir, Va., with the larger ordnance center and school at Aberdeen Proving Ground -- moving more than 200 jobs to the Harford County post.
The move, announced yesterday, comes as the Army also is considering a larger merger of the ordnance schools at Aberdeen and the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., with 1,000 or more jobs and local economic impact at stake. Whether such a consolidation would be at Aberdeen or Huntsville has not been announced.
Moving to Aberdeen from Fort Belvoir during the next fiscal year are the 610th Ordnance Battalion and the Tactical Support Equipment Department, with some 190 military and 38 civilian positions.
Civilian personnel currently at the Virginia facility will be offered jobs at Aberdeen "to the extent that transferred positions are available," an APG spokesman said.
The U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen has a staff and faculty of 1,630 military and civilian personnel, and trains about 11,000 soldiers a year.
The Tactical Support Equipment Department at Fort Belvoir trains about 2,400 students a year.
"The move follows a detailed review of the estimated savings that would be realized from the consolidation of training facilities," said Bill Noxon, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
While many factors were taken into consideration -- including the availability of facilities at APG, mission impact and environmental impact -- cost was the primary factor underlying the decision to move the training operation, the Army said.