Abbott pens letter of support for Red River Army Depot’s AMPV program

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is lending his support of the Army’s assignment of Red River Army Depot in Texas as the depot source of repair for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program.

“I am writing to express my support for designating the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) in Texarkana,Texas, as the depot source of repair (DSOR) for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program,” said Gov. Abbott. “RRAD already serves as the DSOR for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle which is substantially similar to the AMPVs. Experts at RRAD have been entrusted with maintaining, repairing, and rotating Bradleys into combat for decades. Their highly skilled expertise in manufacturing vehicles for combat environments is invaluable to the effective protection of our brave service members.”

Back in July, Senators from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas also sent a letter in support.

Abbott’s letter came after two unions, representing RRAD workers, expressed concerns over the recent layoffs at RRAD. 

Red River Army Depot says over 300 government or contractor employees will be laid off beginning August 31. These layoffs come after an earlier round of layoffs in the spring saw 600 people lose their jobs at RRAD.

Click here to read Abbott’s letter.

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