Local Officials Prepare for Cutbacks at Ft. Hood

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.

“At this time it is difficult to project the impact as many variables must be taken into consideration,” said Superintendent John Craft.

Fort Hood is slated to lose 3,350 soldiers under the restructuring the Army announced last week, a cut exceeded only by a reduction of 3,402 troops at Fort Benning, Ga. Despite the outcome, the chairman of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance was pleased the post did not lose any of its four brigade combat teams.

“The Central Texas community will survive and continue to grow. Fort Hood is an enduring installation. The prospects for the future of Fort Hood are still good,” Pete Taylor, who commanded Fort Hood from 1991 to 1993, told the Statesman.

Fort Benning and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will see their BCTs converted into much smaller maneuver battalion task forces as a result of the restructuring occurring over the next two years.

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