Maryland Bases to Hold Firm During Army Downsizing

Troop levels at Maryland’s military bases will hold firm, although the Army is planning to downsize by approximately 40,000 soldiers over the next two years. As reported by the Baltimore Sun,

Despite the sweeping cuts that the Army says will affect almost every installation, Maryland’s bases will see almost no change in their troop levels. Aberdeen Proving Ground’s 2,614 troops will be cut by 126, but Fort Meade’s 4,924 soldiers will grow by 99.

Rep. C A Dutch Ruppersberger, whose district includes the two facilities, said he was pleased the Army had recognized the important chemical and computer warfare work being done at the bases.

“The missions of APG and Ft. Meade are the missions of our future and we will continue to need these hard-working men and women as long as maintaining a modern Army remains a priority for our country,” the Baltimore County Democrat said.

To learn more about “Maryland’s Federal Footprint – Counties Hosting Major Federal Sites” attend the MACo Summer Conference.  Session details are below.

Description: With its geographic proximity and strategic advantages, Maryland plays host to extraordinary federal facilities – major agencies, secure locations, and a tremendous military and intelligence presence. Panelists will discuss the impact of these large centers of activity and employment on infrastructure, community, and public services. What relationships, planning, and outreach make for the best local harmony? A Maryland congressional leader will join several speakers with views from various parts of the state to review and discuss best practices and lessons learned.


  • The Honorable Dutch Ruppersberger, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Judith A. Kain Emmel, Associate Director for State, Local and Community Relations, National Security Agency
  • Jill M. McClune, President, Army Alliance, Aberdeen Proving Ground; Vice President, Contracts and Federal Compliance, Avon Protection Systems
  • Robert Wirt, Executive Director, Southern Maryland Navy Alliance

Moderator: The Honorable Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel County Executive

Date/Time: Saturday, August 15, 2015; 9:30 am – 11:00 am

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