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7,000 Jobs Saved at Fort Benning

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Over 7,000 jobs were saved from Fort Benning Tuesday as the Army decided which posts to reduce the number of troops at. Fort Benning's Third Brigade will be staying.

As a part of federal budget cuts, the Army was potentially looking at removing the Third Brigade from the post. The Columbus Chamber of Commerce says that would have resulted in the lose of $480 million in yearly salaries.

"So we went in and laid out the scenario to show how it is to the military's advantage to leave the brigade here, " says Gary Jones, the military chair for the chamber of commerce.

The post is now expected to add 70 new personnel. If the troops had left, the chamber says the local economy would have been heavily impacted.

"It took us about ten years to create 11,000 jobs in the community," Columbus chamber development chairperson Dick Ellis says. "So you can kind of do the math that if we lost 7,100 jobs you're looking at seven or eight 7ears of rebuilding that."

Georgia's Fort Stewart near Savannah was among the posts who did see troop reductions.

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