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Research, development command to consolidate headquarters at APG

June 8, 2011

By Mr. Dan Lafontaine (RDECOM)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The U.S. Army is relocating personnel from Fort Belvoir, Va. to APG as part of its force restructuring actions, officials said.

Six military and 76 civilian authorizations from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Fort Belvoir will be transferred to APG, according to a memorandum issued Aug. 12 from the Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of the Legislative Liaison.

Keith Gordon, RDECOM chief of current plans and exercises, said the effort will consolidate the command's headquarters at APG by Jan. 9, 2011.

Employees who decide not to relocate from Fort Belvoir will have at least 120 days on the Priority Placement Program to assist in finding alternate employment before official separation notices are issued, Gordon said.

Employees accepting relocation to APG will be provided Permanent Change of Station orders and Department of Defense National Relocation Program assistance, Gordon said. DNRP provides relocation services to eligible DoD civilian employees so they may quickly sell their homes and locate housing at their new duty station.

Gordon said personnel from both locations began consolidation planning in January 2009. The official stationing plan request was submitted July 28, 2009, and DoD approved it July 29, 2010. RDECOM Headquarters conducted town hall meetings to keep affected employees informed of developments.

RDECOM Deputy Chief of Staff Todd Morris has assumed responsibility for leading the consolidation effort.

APG continues to consolidate its current RDECOM personnel from seven buildings on APG-South to Buildings 3071, 3072 and 3073 on APG-North, the former headquarters buildings of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools. Carl Boquist, RDECOM facilities and logistics director, said the move to APG-North will increase efficiency and improve performance.

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