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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Army restructuring won't impact fort

  • The Army's plan to reduce its force by 80,000 soldiers by 2017 likely won't impact Fort Leavenworth, officials said.
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  • The Army's plan to reduce its force by 80,000 soldiers by 2017 likely won't impact Fort Leavenworth, officials said.
    In fact, Fort Leavenworth's active duty force is slated to increase by 79 positions by 2017.
    However, the Army's restructuring plan announced this week doesn't reflect the impact of additional cuts that could come in the future as a result of what's known as sequestration.
    Scott Gibson, spokesman for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, said this could be only a first volley.
    "We don't know where it's going to go from here," he said.
    Based on information released by the Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, the overall number of Army soldiers stationed at Fort Leavenworth will increase from 2,460 to 2,539 during the the next five to seven years.
    Gibson said he doesn't know what areas of the fort's operations would see increases in military personnel.
    "We don't know exactly where those would be yet," he said.
    The reduction in the active duty Army forces are driven by fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 ― which set up automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration ― and defense planning guidance issued last year, according to a news release from Fort Leavenworth.
    The reduction of 80,000 soldiers will represent a 14 percent decrease for the Army, according to a news release from the Department of Defense.

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