Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today
released a copy of his letter to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh opposing
elimination of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 55th Armored
Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) headquartered in Scranton.
recently announced plan by the U.S Department of the Army to reduce the
Pennsylvania Army National Guard by more than 10 percent of its force structure
by eliminating the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 28th
Infantry Division, is irresponsible,” Gov. Corbett said. “This will leave gaps
in our national defense capabilities and our commonwealth response to disaster
Title 10 and 32 of the U.S. Code, force structure changes cannot be made
without the consent of a state’s governor.
do not consent to the elimination of the 55th Armored Brigade Combat
Team from the force structure of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and urge the
Army to cancel this ill-advised reduction,’’ Gov. Corbett said.
copy of the Aug. 26 letter can be retrieved here.
This is the
third letter that Governor Corbett has penned on this issue.
On Jan. 3, Governor Corbett sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
addressing his concerns on the adverse effects of purposed reductions to the
National Guard. A copy of the letter can be retrieved here.
On Feb. 28,
the governor and members of the National Governor’s Association sent a letter
to President Obama opposing potential cuts to the Army National Guard. A copy
of the letter can be retrieved here.
information, visit www.pa.gov.
to Governor Corbett’s letter to Secretary McHugh, Governor Corbett’s letter to
Secretary Hagel, and the National Governor’s Association letter are imbedded in