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Tue Jun 25, 2013, 09:28 PM

Fort Hood could lose nearly 3,000 soldiers under reductions [View all]

Fort Hood could lose about 2,900 soldiers ó 7 percent of its fighting force ó under personnel cuts announced by the Army Tuesday.

A dozen brigade combat teams will be slashed across the Army, including Fort Hoodís 4th Combat Brigade, one of five in the postís 1st Cavalry Division. The brigade was activated in 2005 as part of an Army-wide transition to smaller, more rapidly deployable units during the Iraq War.

Members of the 4th brigade, dubbed Long Knife, are deployed to Afghanistan, where they are advising Afghan police and military. The brigade previously had deployed to Iraq, most recently in 2010, when two soldiers were killed by an Iraqi soldier they were training in Mosul, an incident that attracted international attention.

The reduction is part of an Army-wide effort to reduce the number of soldiers to 490,000 from 570,000 by 2017. Fort Hood senior commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi said the cuts will be part of a further reorganization at Fort Hood that could include an additional combat battalion, as well as more engineers and artillery capacity.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-military/fort-hood-could-lose-nearly-3000-soldiers-under-re/nYWGQ/ .

[font color=green]This should have a detrimental effect for the economy in the Killeen-Copperas Cove-Temple area.[/font]

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