• Warning about Further Cuts in Force Structure Also Applies to Civilians0

    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 Leaders Hope to Stop Cuts at 40,000 Troops0

    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 …

  • Army Set to Announce Cuts in Force Structure0

    The Army’s announcement as to how it will shrink its active-duty end strength by 40,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2017 is expected Thursday, with congressional delegations and defense committees likely being notified on Wednesday, according to defense community officials and Washington insiders. The Army has not commented on the pending announcement, however. Two weeks ago the service had been expected to identify which installations and units would suffer personnel cuts needed to comply with the statutory spending caps, but officials postponed the announcement. The service’s chief of public affairs told community representatives at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit that a decision to trim the number of troops from 490,000 — the Army’s end strength target for the end of the current fiscal year — to 450,000 by FY 2017 already had been made. Somewhat less certain, said Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost, is the service’s plan to shrink its active-duty forces to 420,000 …

  • Pending Army Cuts Underscore Changing Attitudes about BRAC

    Pending Army Cuts Underscore Changing Attitudes about BRAC0

    With the Army expected this week to identify up to 30 installations that could lose thousands of personnel, defense communities are bracing for the worst. “We’re on pins and needles,” Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, told the Washington Post. “To not create a Detroit-like scenario, we cannot lose soldiers. We’ll feel every soldier we lose,” McLaughlin said. A worst case outcome for Fort Drum would mean the loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at the post in New York’s North Country. Counting spouses and children, a third of Jefferson County’s population could disappear …

  • Army Postpones Restructuring Announcement0

    The Army’s announcement as to what units and organizations will be eliminated to comply with spending caps prompting the service to shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000, and possibly to 420,000, has been postponed, officials revealed Monday at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. “I expect it within the next month,” Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost, the service’s chief of public affairs, told representatives from Army communities anxiously awaiting the pending announcement. When the announcement is made, officials will first inform a variety of affected groups, including Congress and communities, in a 24-hour period before they publicly release the news …

  • Washington Governor Prepares for Downsizing at JBLM0

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday directed a new state committee to craft plans to mitigate a reduction of up to 11,000 soldiers and Army civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “These are people who are going to need us in coming months by the thousands,” Inslee said. The governor expects the Army to announce next week how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, reported the News Tribune. The Army would not confirm that it will announce its second round of force reductions next week, but officials recently have been advising congressional staff and local government leaders that a decision is coming, according to the story …