U.S. Army container unit brings new civilian jobs to Scott

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2013 

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A sign welcomes visitors through the Belleville Gate entrance at Scott Air Force Base.

SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF — Chad R. Gann, USAF

— A U.S. Army transportation unit has moved from Pennsylvania to Scott, bringing at least 12 civilian jobs.

The Army Intermodal and Distribution Platform Management Office, known as AIDPMO, completed its move to Scott in early June.

The unit was placed under auspices of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, which has already been set up at Scott, according to Mark Diamond, a command spokesman.

Other jobs connected to AIDPMO private contractors could be coming to Scott, too, Diamond said.

AIDPMO was set up in 2003 at the Tobyhanna, Pa., Army Depot to address shortfalls in the U.S. Army's management of its container fleet, according to a statement.

A AIDPMO spokesman was not immediately available Thursday morning for comment.

In May 2012, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., opposed the Army's plans to move AIDPMO, resulting in the loss of 30 jobs, according to a statement on Casey's website.

The move comes at a time of an ongoing restructuring and downsizing of the military. The first of 11 scheduled unpaid furlough days began Monday for 4,500 Scott civilian workers. The furloughs stem from the budget sequester that began in March as a result of the impasse in the U.S. Congress over a budget for 2014.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.

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