Colorado Makes Strong Pitch to Retain New BCT

Colorado Makes Strong Pitch to Retain New BCT

An infantry brigade combat team (BCT) stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., that is being converted to an armored BCT is likely to remain in Colorado Springs as the post already has the necessary infrastructure to support adding tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the unit, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. Moving the new BCT to one of the four other posts also under consideration — Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kan.; or Fort Stewart, Ga. — could cost up to $200 million. Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and the state’s congressional delegation have made keeping the new BCT at Fort Carson a top priority. They recently sent a letter to Army leaders touting both their support and residents’ for the installation. “Community support in our state for Fort Carson missions, personnel and families is unmatched,” the lawmakers said.

Army photo by Gertrud Zach

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