Fort Gordon among 21 bases evaluated for force reduction

Military positions could be cut in proposal

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 11:23 AM
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Fort Gordon could shed up to 4,300 military personnel by 2020 under one scenario outlined Friday in a broad force reduction and realignment initiative affecting up to 21 Army bases.

Fort Gordon could shed up to 4,300 military personnel by 2020 in a broad force reduction and realignment initiative affecting up to 21 Army bases.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Fort Gordon could shed up to 4,300 military personnel by 2020 in a broad force reduction and realignment initiative affecting up to 21 Army bases.

“After 10 years of war, our nation is facing new challenges and opportunities that call for reshaping our defense priorities,” the Army said in an environmental assessment that explores the need to reduce the active-duty strength from 562,000 at the end of fiscal year 2012 to 490,000 by fiscal 2020.

The draft assessment identifies two other Georgia bases – Fort Benning and Fort Stewart – in the list of sites that could lose at least 1,000 people during the seven-year realignment.

Fort Gordon’s public affairs officer, J.C. Mathews, said the assessment’s purpose is to evaluate environmental impacts “in the event of significant reductions in force structure at Fort Gordon” and do not represent any final decisions.

“It’s important to note that these force structure and stationing decisions assessed in the Programmatic Environmental Assessment have not yet been made, and those eventual decisions could include all, some or none of the reductions evaluated,” he said in a statement e-mailed to The Augusta Chronicle. “As such, we are unable to speculate about likely local impacts.”

Although most of the bases evaluated for force reductions are linked to combat teams, Fort Gordon houses critical national defense programs, such as the National Security Agency’s top-secret surveillance facility, which employs about 4,000 workers who collect and distribute intelligence data.

The post also houses major communications and computer schools, the Army’s school for cyber warfare and the largest Microsoft-certified training center in the world.

Fort Gordon’s military population, excluding reserves, is 13,729, Mathews said. Including civilian employees, the population is 22,801. Those figures include National Security Agency personnel.

Army officials said the assessment is designed to inform decision-makers of potential socioeconomic and environmental impacts associated with proposed force reduction actions that will be made gradually in the coming years.

“The specific locations where changes will occur have not been decided,” the announcement said.

The assessment, which proposes a “finding of no significant impact,” is out for public review and comment through Feb. 17.

“The Army values the public’s input, and this public comment period is intended to allow the public to weigh in on these important initiatives prior to a decision,” Mathews said.

BY THE NUMBERS

One scenario outlined in a broad force reduction and realignment initiative identifies Fort Gordon, Fort Benning and Fort Stewart in the list of sites that could lose personnel.

BY THE NUMBERS

Fort Gordon could shed up to 4,300 military personnel by 2020 under one scenario outlined Friday in a broad force reduction and realignment initiative affecting up to 21 Army bases, including Fort Stewart and Fort Benning.

INSTALLATIONPOTENTIAL LOSS2011 POPULATIONPOTENTIAL 2020 POPULATION
Fort Gordon4,30013,8649,564
Fort Benning7,10039,24332,143
Fort Stewart8,00024,62216,622

Sources: U.S. Army (numbers include Army military, Army students and Army civilians and excludes military service personnel, contractors, and transients.

Sources: U.S. Army (numbers include Army military, Army students and Army civilians and excludes military service personnel, contractors, and transients.)

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/18/13 - 12:39 pm
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Probably won't be good news

Probably won't be good news for the local housing market if I remember the cutbacks in the middle to late 80's correctly. Particularly in South Augusta.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/18/13 - 03:27 pm
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NSA

The impressive buildup of the NSA facility there means our community can easily absorb a reduction in force such as described above. It is time for our military to right size from the Afghanistan pullout.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/18/13 - 07:38 pm
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If they lose that many

If they lose that many military folks, there will also be a large number of civilian support personnel let go. In addition, local contract work will be cut.

luvmykitty
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luvmykitty 01/18/13 - 07:25 pm
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that will affect housing and

that will affect housing and a host of other things. hate to see this happen, maybe cuts could come from other sources, like congress, the white house, and other places. jus saying.

jmo
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jmo 01/19/13 - 03:39 am
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Time for our congressmen

to go to work and earn their paychecks.

Susie Q
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Susie Q 01/19/13 - 09:44 am
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Sam Nunn help

Sure do miss Sam Nunn He kept Fort Gordon was in good hands when he was in office.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/19/13 - 09:54 am
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As it should be

"There shall be no standing army but in time of actual war." --Thomas Jefferson 1776

The DOD requested $683.7 billion for 2013. That is about $400 Billion less than Obama Care. We can't afford, both so cuts must be made somewhere.

My Opinion
I like the long suggested idea of 1 year of formal training for every mentally and physically able US Citizen. Which then can be mobilized there after on very short notice in emergencies.

I have liked the Idea of a single unified US Ground force, Air and Naval Force. To reduce the costs operations. With Specialized Divisions within it to handle specialize tasks.

A State Funded Guard to protect the States,
A Nationally Funded Guard to protect borders,
An a well armed Civilian self funded population, with limited federal interference.

burninater
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burninater 01/19/13 - 10:36 am
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The DOD requested $683.7

The DOD requested $683.7 billion for 2013. That is about $400 Billion less than Obama Care. We can't afford, both so cuts must be made somewhere.
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OC, the DOD request is for 1 year. The Obamacare cost estimate you cite is through 2019 (7 years). Important distinction.

junkyardpig
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junkyardpig 01/19/13 - 11:12 am
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fort gordon

if the hospital gets axed, say goodby to many of the retirees living nearby

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/19/13 - 01:29 pm
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Burn - is right

I accidentally mixed yearly vs. decade figures.

But my general point is:

Do we need to be a war based economy, or economy of peace and taking care of our own?

The Wars, without a homeland Security reason, have grown increasingly frequent since 1950.

Dark World Merc teams are a lot cheaper.

allhans
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allhans 01/19/13 - 02:34 pm
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I have a grandson who works

I have a grandson who works with the USN updating the ships digital systems. He has been with them since he left Old Dominion about 12 years ago. I hope the cutback doesn't affect him..You know, we look out for our own..or try, anyhow.

Susie Q
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Susie Q 01/19/13 - 02:42 pm
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Cutback

Junkyardpig soooo right there

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 01/19/13 - 09:17 pm
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I agree with Open curtains

I agree with Open curtains 8:54 post 100%! I really hate to say this but the military has become a lot like the post offices in this country, just keeping these bases open and employing hundreds of thousands of people to keep the economy going. I agree we need the military, just not so many.

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