Ft. Hood Commander responds to announced force reductions

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 12:33pm

Fort Hood may see a 7% reduction over the next three years.

That estimate comes after the Army Chief of Staff earlier this week announced a department-wide cut in manpower.

Mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the Army wants to reduce overall active duty levels to 490,000 from 570,000.

At Fort Hood, approximately 2,900 soldiers will be lost to federal cuts.

Most of those cuts will come from the deactivation of the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team.

Fort Hood Commander Major General Anthony Ierardi resonded in a press release on Tuesday.

"The Army and Fort Hood's leadership deeply appreciates the Central Texas community's unwavering support to our Soldiers and their Families during the last 12 years of war," Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander, said.

"Today, the Army Chief of Staff announced reductions and adjustments in Army Force Structure based on the Defense Department's strategic guidance and budget cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act," he said. "These reductions are not related to sequestration. By the end of 2017, the Army will reduce to 490,000 Soldiers from a wartime high of 570,000 -- a 14 percent reduction in Army active component end strength.

"The Army is apportioning brigade combat team and end strength reductions across the force based on a deliberate quantitative and qualitative analysis, and input solicited at community listening sessions," he said. "Accordingly, Fort Hood may experience a net loss of approximately 2,900 active component military positions by the end of Fiscal Year 2017 -- a seven percent reduction in the number of Soldiers at Fort Hood. This includes the inactivation of the 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division, and several other non-BCT formations.

"The Army will reinvest significant portions of inactivated units to achieve the reorganization of our brigade combat teams which will make them more versatile, agile and capable by adding a third maneuver battalion and by adding engineers and artillery capacity.

"Fort Hood will remain an essential power projection platform and home to multiple major operating force units and force generating capabilities. Fort Hood will continue to provide superior training facilities, infrastructure and
support services to our units, Soldiers and families," Ierardi said.
 

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