Army Installations Wait for Decision on Headquarters Cutbacks

Fort Benning officials are hoping to find out shortly whether a 25 percent reduction in funding and staffing levels will be imposed on the Georgia post, a spokesman for Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence said this week.

“The final decision has not been made yet, but we hope to get a decision in the near future,” public affairs director Gary Jones told the Ledger-Enquirer.

Last month, Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno directed senior officials at all headquarters elements at the two-star level and above to develop recommendations by Sept. 11 to slash 25 percent from their budgets. Benning is home to the Infantry and Armor schools, and is led by a two-star general.

Meanwhile, the commanding general of White Sands Missile Range said she has been told to prepare for a 20 percent cut in spending at the facility. Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham spoke last week during a meeting of the New Mexico Base Planning Commission, reported the Alamogordo Daily News.

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