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The Army is holding listening sessions this month at installations, including Fort Stewart, to hear what communities think about the force reductions and restructuring that are likely to impact their areas.

Army officials are asking for community input in order to make the best decisions about reorganization, and to mitigate – as much as possible – the impact on local communities, according to the Army News Service.

These force structure changes are not related to sequestration. As the president’s 2014 Budget is released and the impacts of sequestration are continually assessed, additional force structure reductions may be needed.

The Army must reduce and reorganize its force structure in order to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and to remain consistent with Defense Strategy.

To accomplish this, Army officials are currently analyzing all available options. At this time, no decisions have been made, however, officials anticipate with an Active Component reduction of 80,000 Soldiers (from a 2010 high of 570,000 to 490,000 by the end of fiscal year 2017) that many Army installations will be impacted.

“These listening sessions are designed to enable community members to provide their concerns and unique perspectives on topics regarding their communities,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry.

The listening sessions will aid the Army in its efforts to reduce its overall strength.

“The Army values community input to make the best decisions and to mitigate, as much as possible, the impact on local communities,” she said.

Kageleiry said Army leaders will consider the communities’ concerns before final decisions are made. She also said the Army will preserve quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, while sustaining relationships with the communities.

The Army could downsize its active component force structure from 45 brigade combat teams to potentially as few as 32, she said.

Kageleiry said the Army will ensure that it still is able to respond to future, unforeseen demands.

The force reductions began in Fiscal Year 2012 and focused initially on overseas formations. Significant force reductions in the U.S. will begin in 2014, Kageleiry said. She said additional reductions may be necessary after President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget is released and the impacts of sequestration are assessed.

Besides Monday’s event in Killeen, listening sessions are also planned to be held at: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Detroit Arsenal, Mich.; Fort Belvoir, Va.; Fort Benning.; Fort Bliss; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, K.Y.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Gordon; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston; Redstone Arsenal, Ala. and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

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gacpl commented on Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 08:24 AM

why waste your time? the last time the army came here to listen to the local people they took what was said and came back and asked the community to invest a lot of money for the armys benefit. only to pull the rug out from under the same people that put everything they had into the projects that army asked for. thats why the big housing project "Independence place" has a couple of projects, but more reposed land then anything else.

mountain commented on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 09:41 AM

This is nothing but a bunch of BULL CRAP because the plans are already in place no matter what concerns are brought forward.

HMJC commented on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I think we all need to maintain some perspective here. The bottom line is that Hinesville is dead without Ft. Stewart. The request made by the previous Commander was based on what he was told was the "plan". Ft. Stewart has a responisibility to be a good steward to Hinesville but it should be a two way street. Both rely on each other to be successful. Sequestor has been bad for all, no other nice way to say it. We just need to find a way to get through this collectively until the ship wrights itself

HMJC commented on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 08:41 AM

I may have presented the wrong perception with my post. I was never knocking Hinesville or the "locals" You see, I am what I belieive is refered t as a "Damn Yankee" as I was stationed here and never left...I stayed because ironically this is the longest I have any place in my life. My kids had friends, people actualy reconized my wife and I and the town is still fairly small. The point I was trying to make is that Ft. Stewart and Hinesville are in this together. We cannot go back to the way it was but we can damn sure make how it is now count

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