OBAMA forces Army to cut 80,000 troops

Budget forces Army to cut 80,000 troops

Tom Vanden Brook


WASHINGTON — The Army outlined its plans on Tuesday to slash its ranks to meet budget-cutting goals, affecting posts from Fort Drum in up­state New York to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, and more cuts could be in store. The Army’s reduction of 80,000 soldiers, an­nounced in 2012 as part of a budget deal between the White House and Con­gress, will occur over the next four years, Gen. Ray­mond Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told reporters. The Pentagon’s share of the cut was $487 billion. At Fort Drum in north­ern New York, the Third Brigade Combat Team of the 10 th Mountain Division will be deactivated by the end of September 2016, according to the base commander, Major Gen. Stephen Townsend. The brigade, nicknamed the Spartans, has deployed to Iraq three times. Although a brigade combat team typically has 3,500 members, Town­send said he expected the overall net loss of person­nel assigned to Fort Drum to be 1,500 to 2,000 be­cause additional maneu­ver battalions will be as­signed to the remaining brigades. New York Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, whose congressional dis­trict includes the Army base, observed that Fort Drum will lose “propor­tionally fewer soldiers than the Army nation­wide” which he said “is a reaffirmation from the Army of Fort Drum’s value.”

But if the automatic cuts known as seques­tration continue, the re­ductions in Army forces will be much deeper, Odierno said, forcing the Army to shed as many as 100,000 additional sol­diers.

If that happens, the reductions announced Tuesday would repre­sent “only the first step,” Odierno said. Sequestration, the automatic budget cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, has forced the Pentagon to cut about $46 billion in spending this year. That has re­quired furloughs for ci­vilian workers and cuts in training exercises.

The loss of 80,000 sol­diers — from a wartime high of 570,000 mem­bers — by 2017 can be done without compro­mising the Army’s abili­ty to handle its missions, Odierno said. The cuts would be accomplished mostly through attrition, although some officers may have to be laid off, he said. The end of U.S. com­bat operations in Iraq in 2011 and the scheduled withdrawal of combat forces from Afghani­stan in 2014 allow for a safe reduction in forces, Odierno said. There are about 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The reductions will come through the elimi­nation of 10 brigade combat teams in the United States and two in Europe. The Army has 45 brigade combat teams.

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3 Responses to OBAMA forces Army to cut 80,000 troops

  1. upaces88 says:

    I am just saying this because it was the first thing that popped into my mind. For the past 6 months, especially, he has done everything he can “against” our Military to demoralize them. They are trained to take orders and not to think for themselves. They function as a “unit”; and if the entire unit doesn’t agree, they are turning on each other. He knew exactly what he was doing. He is NOT that bright. However, he is being told how and when to do things to demoralize the Military as well as the Nation.
    I have been praying to God and praying for our Military to pull themselves together and do something …. what ever it takes to get our country back for us!!!


  2. upaces88 says:

    This is a total set up!
    And, NO ONE is doing a thing about it!!!


    • a12iggymom says:

      Yep, no one has heard about it because it only made the print issue. If you don’t get the newspaper or subscribe, you don’t see it!


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