The Department of the Army is reaching out to gather community-unique considerations to support the Army making the best decisions to realign its force structure to 490k to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, while mitigating – to the extent possible – impacts to local communities. This is not sequestration.
Local residents can provide their comments during a listening session 10 a.m. – noon, today at Murr Community Center here.
With an Active Component reduction of 80,000 Soldiers (from 570,000 Soldiers to 490,000 by the end of fiscal year 2017) many installations will be impacted. Reductions are required to address the need to reduce Army expenditures while reconfiguring the force to support the Army mission.
The Army is evaluating the impact of end-strength reductions and potential realignments on communities surrounding military installations. The Army must ensure it can field and sustain a force of sufficient size, capability and configuration to meet the nation’s current and projected future security and defense requirements.
The Army is conducting Community Listening Sessions in April at up to 30 installations with significant military and civilian populations to collect and consider additional community input in Army decision making; inform relevant audiences of future Army force realignments to ensure single voice communication within the Army; and to communicate the processes the Army is using to make the best decisions to execute the directive to reduce the Army’s end strength. Fort Huachuca is one of those 30 installations.
No decisions about future Army force alignments have not been made at this time.