Fort Meade to lose 136 jobs

July 22, 1992

Officials at Fort Meade said today they will eliminate 136 full-time civilian jobs by the end of this year.

More than 90 of the workers now in the jobs are expected to retire or to take other federal jobs, so only 42 people are expected to leave federal service, officials said.

Though officials could not yet say which jobs would be affected, they said the cuts would save about $7 million a year.

The cuts result from expected budget reductions and cuts in programs. Similar cuts are occurring throughout the Department Defense.

Don McClow, a spokesman for Fort Meade, said all affected workers will receive 60 days notice. The Army also will help people prepare to look for other jobs, officials said.

Fort Meade, a 75-year-old Army installation south of Baltimore, near Laurel, employs more than Army 1,700 civilians. The fort is primarily an administrative center, although it had served a number of training functions before a recent transfer of 8,100 acres to the adjacent Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

An additional 27,000 civilian employees work for the National Security Agency, Navy and Air Force and other agencies at Fort Meade.

Officials said more job cuts would come if the Army's budget is reduced further.

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