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Four Installations Slated for Modest Gains under Army Restructuring

  • July 12, 2015
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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 …

Summer Announcement on Army Downsizing Could Influence Congressional, DOD Deliberations

  • July 12, 2015
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The Army’s announcement as to what installations would absorb the loss of 40,000 soldiers to accommodate discretionary spending caps may have been timed to produce a favorable outcome for the service when lawmakers begin taking up the defense budget, according to several analysts. “One likely reason for the timing is they’re trying to refocus attention on themselves and the cut in hopes of maybe getting this cut reversed or preventing additional ones,” Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CQ Roll Call. Beyond the debate in Congress over fiscal 2016 defense appropriations and next year’s authorization bill, the Army also is looking to influence Pentagon discussions over initial drafts of the FY 2017 budget …

Communities Likely to Recover from Loss of Military Presence, Researcher Says

  • July 12, 2015
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As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back. “Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post. Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers …

Communities Dodge Worst Case Scenarios as Army Spreads out Force Reductions

  • July 10, 2015
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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 …

Warning about Further Cuts in Force Structure Also Applies to Civilians

  • July 10, 2015
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Since last year, the Army has warned that this latest round of force reductions shrinking the service’s active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 would not be the last if the discretionary spending caps first imposed in fiscal 2013 remain in place next year. At that point, officials would begin planning to cut up to 30,000 additional troops to shrink the force to 420,000 soldiers by the end of FY 2019. Similarly, the reduction of 17,000 civilians the Army announced this week would be extended to an additional 6,000 civilian workers by 2019 if the budget caps remain in place next year …

Army’s Plan to Carry out Force Restructuring Changed since January

  • July 10, 2015
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The Army was able to preserve two of the four brigade combat teams (BCTs) it once planned to eliminate to reach an end strength of 450,000 by making a series of cutbacks in other elements, officials said Thursday. Those changes included headquarters reductions, the Aviation Restructure Initiative, operational force design changes, and reductions to enabler and generating forces. With those cuts, the number of Army BCTs will decline from a wartime high of 45 to 30 by the end of FY 2017. And even with the two BCTs that are slated to be eliminated as a result of Thursday’s announcement, the Army still is preserving some of the units’ combat power — and a degree of reversibility — by converting them to maneuver battalion task forces. As a result, each unit will drop in strength from about 4,000 soldiers to about 1,050 soldiers …

Army Leaders Hope to Stop Cuts at 40,000 Troops

  • July 9, 2015
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As Army officials began notifying congressional delegations Wednesday about their plans to reduce the force’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2017, word began leaking out as to what installations would be affected. A partial tally in the Fayetteville Observer listed nine installations slated to lose from 75 troops to 3,400 as the Army copes with tight fiscal constraints. The largest cuts, of greater than 3,300 personnel, would hit Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Hood, Texas, according to the account. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, would suffer a loss of about 2,600 soldiers. Fort Bliss, Texas, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., each would lose about 1,200 troops, according to local reports …

Georgia Senator Pledges to Fight Army Cuts

  • July 9, 2015
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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) vowed to fight the Army’s planned restructuring after learning from Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday that two Georgia posts would lose a total of 4,350 soldiers. “I am demanding answers from the Department of Defense on how they are justifying these troop cuts in Georgia,” Isakson said of the Army’s plans to eliminate, on a net basis, 950 soldiers from Fort Stewart and 3,400 troops from Fort Benning. “I have talked in great detail with Secretary McHugh today and will continue to fight to see to it that we preserve every soldier in Georgia that we can …

JBLM to Lose Medical Headquarters

  • July 9, 2015
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The Army’s Western Regional Medical Command will be moving to Hawaii, costing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., about 60 jobs and a command position for a two-star general, officials confirmed this week. The move comes as the Army is consolidating its five regional medical commands into four headquarters. The medical command will relocate to Honolulu, home of the Army’s Pacific headquarters, reported the News Tribune. A deputy commander for the medical command, a position most likely assigned to a brigadier general, will remain at JBLM and focus on patient care throughout the Pacific …

Planning Agency to Craft Diversification Plan following loss of Aviation Brigade at Ft. Campbell

  • July 9, 2015
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The Pennyrile Area Development District will receive a $393,348 community adjustment assistance grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to mitigate the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield (R) announced last week. The planning district for western Kentucky will use the funds to put together an economic diversification and growth plan for a six-county region in Kentucky and Tennessee. The plan will examine earlier and proposed reductions; assess the impacts of those reductions; identify and analyze the capacity of the region in several key areas; and define strategies for local, regional and state leadership needed to mitigate impacts and spur growth in the area …

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