Local leaders and elected officials express concerns over potent - WRBL

Local leaders and elected officials express concerns over potential cut backs at Fort Benning

Posted: Updated:
FORT BENNING, Ga. -

Fort Benning was host to a Community Listening Session on Wednesday. The session was part of an Army-wide strategy that to allow the public a chance to voice their concerns about possible troop reduction and re-organization on post.

The potential cut backs stem from the 2011 Budget Control Act. the act outlines projected changes for military posts across the country, including at Fort Benning.

"The in-strength has to come down from 570,000 to about 490,000 by 2017 or there abouts," explained, Garrison Commander, Colonel Jeffrey Fletcher.

Colonel Fletcher explained that on the potential chopping block is the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, or Sledgehammer Brigade.

"These are tough decision that the Army has to make. I think it's a great initiative on the Army's part to get out and hear first hand from the people who could be potentially impacted," added Colonel Fletcher.

During the meeting, Major General H. R. McMaster, the Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, presented a short power point, explaining the reasoning behind the potential cuts. Afterwards, city leaders and elected officials each had the chance to voice their individual concerns, regarding the loss of troops.

Across the board, the group agreed that cuts would have a devastating impact on the local economy.

However, Army officials said that this session was more of a listening session, and answers will come as decisions are made.

Colonel Fletcher said he expects a decision by the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which ends in September.

Army officials added that they will take the information they learned at the session back to the Army's senior leaders for consideration.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:14:23 GMT
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
  • Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:28:17 GMT
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
  • 2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    Aug 22, 2014 12:16 PM2014-08-22 23:29:41 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.