Governor Corbett Vows to Save 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team

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Governor Tom Corbett today released a copy of his letter to Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh opposing elimination of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) headquartered in Scranton.


“The recently announced plan by the U.S Department of the Army to reduce the Pennsylvania Army National Guard by more than 10 percent of its force structure by eliminating the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, is irresponsible,” Gov. Corbett said. “This will leave gaps in our national defense capabilities and our commonwealth response to disaster relief.”


Citing Title 10 and 32 of the U.S. Code, force structure changes cannot be made without the consent of a state’s governor.


“I do not consent to the elimination of the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team from the force structure of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and urge the Army to cancel this ill-advised reduction,’’ Gov. Corbett said.

A copy of the Aug. 26 letter can be retrieved here.

This is the third letter that Governor Corbett has penned on this issue.

On Jan. 3, Governor Corbett sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressing his concerns on the adverse effects of purposed reductions to the National Guard. A copy of the letter can be retrieved here.


On Feb. 28, the governor and members of the National Governor’s Association sent a letter to President Obama opposing potential cuts to the Army National Guard. A copy of the letter can be retrieved here.


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  • Jo-Anne Towle

    Keep fighting for this Governor Corbett, we don’t want our National Guard cut. Thanks for all you’re doing for us in Pennsylvania.

  • veteran

    Clearly the working group that determined that the 55th ABCT be eliminated from the National Guard must be the same as the contracted working group of college interns that the DOD hires to conduct manpower studies. The 55th Brigade which consecutively has augmented several formations throughout the U.S. in support of foreign and domestic operations contains the most experienced units and individuals we know today. The Army is driven by leadership and mentoring. We are cutting our nose off by doing this.

  • Soldier

    I am in this Unit Mr. President if you cut us the life line for this City will be cut off. I have done many state emergency and 3 Active Duty deployment, during state emergency when can not count on the civil authority who will the people rely on when they have to get medical for example dialysis treament. Who?

  • 109th soldier

    I am a soldier in the 109th and this is not right. After we sacrificed ourselves in service to our people, the govt wants to just kick us out like we dont matter. I will not stand for this and to see many good soldiers get left in the dust is not what this country or this unit stands for.

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