A planned reduction of 600 personnel at Red River Army Depot (RRAD), Texas, announced last month is a result of a declining workload that follows a drop in the tempo of the military’s overseas operations over the past 10 years. “Peak operational tempo for the present campaigns was achieved around 2008,” said Dennis Lewis of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. “Since then, we’ve been in a gradual state of reduction of operations. Equipment has been repaired, refitted and returned to their respective units, which is what RRAD does,” Lewis said. Unless Congress allocates funds to increase readiness, Red River’s workload soon will reach pre-9/11 levels, he added.
Additional staff cuts may be necessary if the depot’s decline in work tempo persists, reports the Texarkana Gazette.
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