ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State and military officials are marking the end of a military base realignment process that is bringing thousands of jobs to Maryland.

Thursday was the official deadline for moving 19,000 military jobs to Maryland at the direction of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

The moves brought 8,000 jobs to Aberdeen Proving Ground, 5,700 to Fort Meade and 2,300 to Joint Base Andrews.

About 2,600 moved from Washington to the newly renamed Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. And 600 military jobs were moved to Fort Detrick.

State officials say the moves will generate 45,000 to 60,000 jobs in Maryland by 2018 among defense contractors and other businesses serving the expanded military installations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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