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Kauffman Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Letterkenny Army Depot
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) authored a resolution adopted by the House of Representatives this week commemorating the 70th anniversary of Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County.

“Letterkenny is more than just an Army depot; it is a critical part of the story of our nation’s military history,” said Kauffman. “Today, after 70 years in operation, its state-of-the-art facilities, combined with a highly skilled workforce, enable Letterkenny to continue to provide nothing but the best to our nation’s soldiers.”

The site for Letterkenny Army Depot, originally called Letterkenny Ordnance Depot, was chosen due to its safe, yet convenient distance from the eastern seaboard and Washington, D.C., with land well-suited for ammunition storage and proximity to rail facilities and power and water resources.

The depot provided crucial support during the 1940s, keeping materials and supplies flowing constantly to 70 theaters of war. In fact, Letterkenny was one of the largest depots of its kind and was called the Springboard of Invasion in 1944.

It became a permanent military installation on July 1, 1954. Letterkenny continued to evolve and remain a critical element in our nation’s defense system throughout its 70 years. In 2001, it was recognized as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Air Defense and Tactical Missile Ground Support Equipment and in 2005 for the Mobile Electric Power Generation Equipment. In 2010, Letterkenny received its first Combined Logistics Excellence Award for superior performance of duty in Depot Maintenance Excellence, resulting in improved combat readiness. The tremendous workforce at Letterkenny continues to count the number of Shingo Awards received for excellence in manufacturing. The last Shingo was awarded earlier in 2012.

“Not only does Letterkenny play a significant role in terms of our military defense, but it is also the largest employer in Franklin County and continues to be a major contributor to our local economy,” said Kauffman. “We are proud to have this outstanding facility in our own backyard and happily celebrate this milestone in its history.”

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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