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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fort Leavenworth official reviews force reduction study

  • An Army drawdown study indicates up to 2,500 positions could be cut at Fort Leavenworth.
    But, Jack Walker, deputy to Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander, seemed doubtful Monday that all 2,500 positions will be eliminated.
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  • An Army drawdown study indicates up to 2,500 positions could be cut at Fort Leavenworth.
    But, Jack Walker, deputy to Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander, seemed doubtful Monday that all 2,500 positions will be eliminated.
    Walker briefed the Leavenworth County Commission about the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for an Army force structure realignment.
    "Basically, it's tied to the sequestration business," Walker said.
    He told commissioners that another round of budget sequestration is set to take effect in 2016. Unless Congress comes up with funding to offset the sequestration, the size of the Army's force will be reduced from 490,000 to 420,000.
    He said the Army's force already has been reduced from 520,000 since the Budget Control Act was passed by Congress in 2011.
    "We're now looking ahead to 2016," he said.
    Walker said the SPEA report was released June 26, starting a 60-day public comment period that ends Aug. 25.
    He said the study looks at a maximum reduction of 1,750 military positions and 750 civilian positions at Fort Leavenworth.
    He said there are 15 elements considered in the study.
    "Fourteen of them are basically irrelevant," Walker said.
    The 15th element concerns the socioeconomic impact on Leavenworth County.
    He said the reduction of 2,500 positions would have a dramatic socioeconomic impact on the county.
    As of Sept. 30, 2013, the fort had 3,906 military personnel and 4,031 civilian employees.
    He said reducing the military personnel by 2,500 positions would drive down the post's population considerably.
    Not only would the community lose the soldiers, but their families also would disappear from the population as well, Walker said.
    He estimated the reduction of 2,500 positions would result in the loss of $147.2 million in salaries for local military personnel and $56.1 million for civilian employees.
    Walker said the SPEA report is not the only thing that will be looked at for force reduction decisions.
    "There is what they call the total Army value analysis," he said.
    He said this will look at installations from a mission standpoint.
    He noted that Fort Leavenworth has 1,200 military police officers who guard two prisons. He said the Command and General Staff College has more than 1,000 students with hundreds of faculty members.
    Walker said doctrine also is written at Fort Leavenworth, and civilian education programs are operated at the post.
    He said Fort Leavenworth probably will fair better than other Army installations that don't have the same type of missions.
    Walker said the information he reviewed is a small part of a large document. He said Leavenworth Public Library and Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth each have a copy of the SPEA report.
    The report also can be found online at http://aec.army.mil/Services/Support/NEPA/Documents.aspx.
    Page 2 of 2 - People can email comments to usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil during the public comment period.
    Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said he has reviewed the report.
    "The interesting thing will be Congress' reaction," he said.
    Walker is scheduled to make a similar presentation tonight during a meeting of the Leavenworth City Commission. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Leavenworth City Hall, 100 N. Fifth St.
     

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