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Posts Tagged ‘force structure’

Senate Panel Votes to Preserve A-10 Fleet

  • July 15, 2014
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that allocates $338 million in funding to keep the A-10 close air support aircraft flying and reject the Air Force’s proposal to retire its Warthog fleet. The Air Force has said eliminating the A-10 would save $4.2 billion over the next five years, but Tuesday’s vote marks the latest indication that Congress will keep the aircraft flying next year. The House Appropriations Committee had embraced the retirement plan, but House lawmakers last month overwhelmingly voted to reverse that decision …

Local Official Expresses Confidence Ft. Lee Will Survive Next Round of Army Cuts

  • July 14, 2014
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The Army is considering reducing the number of soldiers and civilians at Fort Lee, Va., by up to 3,600 personnel, but because of recent investments in the installation and the nature of its mission, any reductions imposed likely would be significantly smaller in magnitude, according to a local planning official. “Because of the budget constraints in Washington, they are taking a hard look at, where do they go in the future,” Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater Planning District, told the Progress-Index. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much because the mission at Fort Lee is still basically the same …

North Country Officials Focus on Potential School Cuts Triggered by Army Drawdown

  • July 13, 2014
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Under the worst-case scenario considered by the Army in its analysis of the impacts of trimming its active-duty end strength to 420,000, Fort Drum, N.Y., would lose up to 16,000 personnel. If the full reductions were realized, the economic consequences would overwhelm the region as the post’s total population of soldiers and civilians is only 19,000. Similarly, such an outcome would devastate area schools that support Fort Drum personnel, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in enrollment at public schools and a one-third cut in the number of students at the community college in neighboring Watertown …

Forbes Blasts Navy Plan to Deactivate Cruisers

  • July 13, 2014
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, slammed the Navy’s plan to save $4.7 billion by taking 11 guided missile cruisers out of service for modernization. Forbes faulted the proposal during a hearing Thursday, saying there is no guarantee the ships would return to service since the money needed to update the cruisers may not be available. “I don’t think this is a phased modernization plan,” Forbes said, reported the Virginian-Pilot. “I think this is a phased euthanization plan, because when those ships go into dry dock, we have no assurance they’re coming back …

Ft. Eustis Faces Uncertainty over Army Downsizing

  • July 10, 2014
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Fort Eustis is losing only 333 personnel following the Army’s decision last year for restructuring its forces as its eliminates 10 brigade combat teams, but now officials are considering trimming as many as 4,200 soldiers and civilians from the southeastern Virginia post. While the Army’s latest effort to reduce its end strength by an additional 70,000 troops to a size of 420,000 personnel is worrisome, local officials aren’t panicking. “The impact is not as severe as it looks at first blush,” said Craig Quigley, executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance …

Ft. Jackson Poised to Thrive as Army Restructures, Commander Says

  • July 9, 2014
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Despite being targeted for the elimination of up to 3,100 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s next round of personnel cuts, Fort Jackson, S.C., could be one of the posts that benefits as others suffer large losses. “We have the capacity to expand,” Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker told the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Fort Jackson, part of the Columbia metropolitan area, houses nine battalions of soldiers in training, and recently built barracks for two more battalions …

Timing of Next Steps in Army’s Basing Analysis Unclear

  • July 6, 2014
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After the Army makes a final determination as to whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is required as part of its evaluation of how it will shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers, it most likely will hold “listening sessions” in affected communities before making decisions regarding changes in force structure. At this point, however, it is too early to say when officials will hold sessions to gather input from local leaders in each of the 30 communities evaluated in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

Local Initiative to Highlight Strengths at Fort Benning ahead of Army Downsizing

  • July 1, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of losing thousands of soldiers as the Army considers a new round of personnel reductions, leaders from Columbus, Ga., have launched a “Fort Benning Partnership” initiative to let Army officials and federal lawmakers know the value of the post’s missions, personnel and assets. “Our citizens need to know how serious of a threat this is to our community, and it’s really the broader Chattahoochee Valley community,” said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson …

Southeastern Arizona Officials Attempt to Head Off Prospective Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • June 29, 2014
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Prompted by earlier indications that the Army was contemplating eliminating almost 50 percent of the personnel at Fort Huachuca as part of a looming round of force reductions that could shrink the service to an active-duty end strength of 420,000, officials representing Sierra Vista, Ariz., and the surrounding region have been scrambling to stave off the cuts. “We’re trying to get ahead of whatever curve you can get ahead of with something like this, and we are working to try and diversify our economy,” said Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation …

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