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Fort Jackson to lose 180 soldiers in Army force structure and stationing decisions

FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) -

Officials at Fort Jackson discussed on Thursday how the Army's plan to reduce its strength by 40,000 soldiers will affect the post.

Thursday the Army announced its force structure decisions and how they will affect stations. The Army says the cuts will impact nearly every installation in the United States and overseas.

According to Major General Roger Cloutier, Fort Jackson will be reducing its personnel by 180 active-duty soldiers.

The personnel reductions will occur in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal year and Army officials say they will be complete by 2018. The reduction is due to budget cuts resulting from sequestration. 

The cuts include about 17,000 civilian employees with the Department of the Army.

“Budget constraints are forcing us to reduce the Total Army,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army deputy chief of staff. “These were very difficult decisions to make as all of our installations and their communities offer tremendous value to our Army and the nation. In the end, we had to make decisions based on a number of strategic factors, to include readiness impacts, mission command and cost.”

Army brigade combat teams will be cut from a wartime high of 45 to 30. Among these: The Army will convert both the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia and the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska into smaller units known as maneuver battalion task forces.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will remain a brigade combat team, but will convert its primary maneuver platform. Currently, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division is a Stryker brigade combat team, however, it will become an infantry brigade combat team without Stryker combat vehicles. 

Cloutier says they have been anticipating the cuts and thinks the loss to the base will be negligible. 

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