Georgia city to protest Army reductions

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 8:08 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus officials are protesting a plan that could trim the number of soldiers in a Fort Benning unit.

The military presence is a major driver of the local economy.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the city council are expected to approve a resolution Tuesday opposing any reductions in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The move comes a week after the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce asked residents to voice their concerns on the possible cuts. A new Army plan calls for reducing the service from 562,000 to 490,000 soldiers.

Losing the brigade at Fort Benning could affect an estimated 7,100 jobs.

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faithson 02/05/13 - 10:13 am

one war ended, one soon to be... just what did they expect.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/05/13 - 11:18 am

Absolutely correct, Faithson. Our Defense Department must attend to the best use of its resources for the nation as a whole, and not for some perceived economic benefit for any one locality. Columbus needs to go pound sand. Augusta needs to be prepared for this eventuality, also.

Riverman1 02/05/13 - 11:46 am
Columbus, throw in a protest

Columbus, throw in a protest for Ft. Gordon, while you're at it.

dpatt.marine1 02/05/13 - 02:51 pm
Well Augusta is in a much

Well Augusta is in a much better position than Columbus for cuts. Fort Benning is home to a ton of ground and infantry based units, Fort Gordon is home to the NSA, the Signal Corp and Dwight D Eisenhower Army Hospital. Augusta is also less dependent on Fort Gordon. It will hurt Augusta with cuts but with all the new jobs coming in it would be as hard felt. I mean Fort Benning is larger than the city of Columbus in respects to size.

Fiat_Lux 02/05/13 - 02:56 pm
How quickly they forget

Both Fort Benning and Fort Gordon have been very important parts of the armed forces establishment, EVEN IN PEACETIME. It may be possible to consolidate the functions of some bases, but there should be a great deal of reluctance to cut back on our ability to train new recruits and offer the highest levels of infantry training. It should be even more unsettling to contemplate reducing our Signal Corp footprint

I have to wonder if even local people have the faintest idea about how important to our national defense Fort Gordon is, even apart from its having one of the top military medical centers in the world. It should be instructive that the people who work in some of those areas and are getting training there don't talk about what they're doing--at all.

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