• Departures Slated to Begin Shortly at Ft. Benning0

    Less than two months after the Army outlined a restructuring plan for shrinking its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers, the post slated to suffer the largest cut is preparing for its first departures. Soldiers will begin leaving Fort Benning, Ga., this month, with departures continuing over the next nine months, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) said during a visit last week to the headquarters for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (ID). The Army is converting the unit to an infantry battalion task force. “I can’t give you the exact date,” Isakson, accompanied by Reps. Tom Graves (R) and Austin Scott (R), told reporters. “They are making the plans now …

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  • Anchorage Officials Temper Forecast of Army Cuts’ Impact0

    Following last week’s announcement that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson would lose 2,631 soldiers — 59 percent of the Army’s population — over the next two years, local economists feared the realignment would deliver a serious blow to the region’s economy. “It’s going to take a big chunk out of the Anchorage economy,” Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Alaska Dispatch News. The area could lose 6,000 jobs — including direct and indirect — and likely send the economy into a recession, Goldsmith predicted …

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  • Local Officials Prepare for Cutbacks at Ft. Hood0

    After learning last week that Fort Hood would lose 9 percent of its military population as the Army continues to downsize, officials in central Texas began to address the likely impacts. On Monday, a spokesperson for Killeen said the city had taken into account the pending personnel cutbacks and had budgeted accordingly. “There will absolutely be an impact. Everybody is being conservative,” spokesperson Hillary Shine told KXXV. The school district could experience a drop in enrollment and associated funding from the federal government, but the school system had not yet come up with an estimate of the likely changes …

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  • Executives Concerned about Impact of Ft. Benning Cuts on Local Real Estate Market0

    The conversion of a brigade combat team at Fort Benning into a much smaller maneuver battalion task force as the Army eliminates 40,000 active-duty soldiers over the next three years will harm most sectors of the economy of Columbus, Ga., and surrounding areas. Real estate executives are particularly concerned about the pending loss of 3,402 soldiers at the post. “When you talk about 3,400 troops and then the civilians that will go with that, probably around 2,000, it’s pretty devastating to the apartment investment community,” said Will White, a partner in the Columbus-based apartment development and management company Greystone Properties …

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  • Four Installations Slated for Modest Gains under Army Restructuring0

    With only six installations slated to lose more than 1,000 soldiers as a result of the Army’s latest round of restructuring, many of the 30 communities bracing for severe cuts in personnel were greatly relieved that local installations would suffer a reduction of no more than 400 military personnel. “Today’s announcement could have been much worse, in light of the president’s plan to reduce our military end strength by 40,000 troops,” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said last week after the Army announced that Fort Polk would lose 388 soldiers …

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  • Communities Dodge Worst Case Scenarios as Army Spreads out Force Reductions4

    All but a few Army installations will be able to avoid dramatic force reductions after the service on Thursday announced its latest round of restructuring needed to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers in response to stringent spending caps imposed since fiscal 2013. The supplemental programmatic environmental assessment the Army released in June 2014 listed 30 installations that potentially could lose an aggregate of between 2,500 and 16,000 military and civilian personnel by the end of this second round of personnel cuts, but the bulk of communities avoided the worst case outcomes. Only three installations would lose more than 2,500 military personnel, and only six would lose more than 1,000 soldiers …

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