Marine Corps Logistics Command announced Thursday that the work force at Maintenance Center Albany will be reduced by 360 contractors beginning in October. Officials say the reduction is due to a decrease in the workload brought on by the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MCLB-ALBANY -- Maintenance Center Albany, a subordinate command of Marine Corps Logistics Command, is expected to reduce its work force in the coming months.
Col. Stephen Medeiros, commander of MCA, said the work force there is being reduced by 360 contractors starting on Oct. 1 and over the following 12 months, a move officials say has been dictated by a decreased need.
"To meet the needs of the Marine Corps while best utilizing taxpayer dollars, we must periodically re-balance the work force to our workload and make adjustments where the workload has shifted," he said. "These reductions are based on the Marine Corps' budget projections for the next several years.
"Since 2002 the work force in the maintenance center has grown to meet the needs of the Marine Corps as it engaged in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As these operations draw to a close, the depot maintenance requirements are decreasing and the work force at Albany should also decrease."
The reductions pertain to civilian contractors in various fields, but primarily apply to those in the maintenance depot. Several town halls have been held since May to inform personnel of these changes, officials say.
Reductions will also be taking place at Maintenance Center Barstow in California, also a subordinate command of LOGCOM. The work force in Barstow is being reduced by 100 contractors.
"The reductions are based on workloads (determined by) Marine Corps operational requirements," Medeiros said. "If those (requirements) change in any way, it will have an impact here and in Barstow."
The maintenance center in Albany currently has 2,000 personnel, while the one in Barstow has 1,300 personnel.
"This is never an easy thing to do. Contractors are a huge part of our work force," Medeiros said. "Like any other business, you've got to make decisions based on Marine Corps requirements.
"There will be no major focus change in the work we are doing."
The planning efforts for the reduction have been taking place over the last several months, Medieros said.
Consolidation is taking place of the maintenance centers in Albany and Barstow. While officials say the consolidation is a separate issue from the anticipated reductions in that they are purely the result of workload requirements, it was indicated Thursday that it could have a potential impact on future reductions -- although that has not been determined for certain at this point.