• Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning

    Region Can Overcome Loss of BCT at Ft. Benning0

    Despite the loss of Fort Benning’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, there is still reason to be optimistic about the prospects for economic growth in the Chattahoochee Valley, according to the consultant studying the impact of the cutbacks. Matrix Design Group presented the results on Friday of its assessment of the economic impact of the cuts on the seven counties surrounding the post in west central Georgia. While the loss of the brigade combat team would affect the local housing market, schools, retail spending and personal wages, the region’s economy can overcome the setback and possibly offset it through other missions at Fort Benning, said Sal Nodjomian, the study’s project manager and executive vice president for Matrix …

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  • Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds

    Force Cuts at Ft. Hood Will Not Harm Local Economy, Study Finds1

    The loss of 3,350 soldiers from Fort Hood as the Army shrinks its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers will not significantly affect Killeen and the surrounding area of central Texas, according to a study commissioned by the city. “A 3,350-troop reduction, in my opinion, will not cause a significant impact on this region,” Rick Gibbs, the study’s author, told the Killeen Daily Herald. “Where I would worry in my own experience in doing numbers is if you’ve got [a reduction of] 10,000 to 12,000 soldiers — a whole division …

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  • Recovery from Ft. Benning Cuts Requires Comprehensive Economic Development Effort

    Recovery from Ft. Benning Cuts Requires Comprehensive Economic Development Effort0

    There are a variety of measures the region around Columbus, Ga., as well as the state, should pursue to help the Chattahoochee Valley overcome the loss of Fort Benning’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, according to the consultant studying the reduction’s economic impact. The post is slated to lose 2,800 soldiers by the end of the summer, part of the Army’s latest restructuring, which will shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018. When dependents are added, the region can be expected to lose about 8,000 residents …

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  • Chemical Warfare Units to Leave Aberdeen0

    A battalion responsible for handling chemical and biological hazards began its relocation from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Friday with a casing ceremony. Two companies of the 22nd CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Battalion will be moving to Fort Bliss, Texas; one company will move to Fort Hood, Texas; and a fourth will go to Fort Stewart, Ga. A fifth company based at Fort Drum will remain at the New York post. In total, 266 soldiers will be relocating from Aberdeen by July 2017 …

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  • House, Senate Panels Split on Army Realignment

    House, Senate Panels Split on Army Realignment0

    Without the additional funds afforded by allocating $18 billion from DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to base budget needs, as its House counterpart did, the Senate Armed Services Committee had no choice but to endorse the Pentagon’s scheduled drawdown of the Army, under the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the panel approved Thursday. The Senate version upholds the administration’s plan to cut the Army’s active-duty end strength from 475,000 this year to 460,000 in FY 2017. Similarly, the measure matches DOD’s request to shrink the Army National Guard from an authorized level of 342,000 soldiers in FY 2016 to 335,000 next year. The size of the Army Reserve would drop from 198,000 troops to 195,000 …

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  • Armed Services Panel Would Reverse End Strength Reductions

    Armed Services Panel Would Reverse End Strength Reductions0

    Planned drawdowns in the size of the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force would be reversed, under a draft of the House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill released Tuesday. The most dramatic change under the panel’s mark would be for active-duty Army forces, which would increase from an authorized level of 475,000 in FY 2016 to 480,000 in FY 2017. The Pentagon’s budget request calls for the service’s active-duty end strength to drop to 460,000 in FY 2017. Significantly, the draft bill would set the service’s permanent active-duty end strength at 480,000, in contrast to the Pentagon’s plan for active forces to fall to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018 …

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