Listening tour on possible 3rd Brigade cuts held at Fort Benning

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 27, 2013 

A listening session will be conducted at Fort Benning and installations across the country on the Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. said.

No date has been set for a session to talk about the possible loss of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, but meetings will start on April 8 at installations that have an Army combined authorized federal civilian employee and permanent military population of 5,000 or greater. A week ago, a two-month comment period ended on the Army's Programmatic Environmental Assessment which considered the socio-enconomic impacts of cutting the 3rd Brigade or keeping it at Kelley Hill.

“After two months of public advocacy and input into the Army’s end-strength reduction and reorganization assessment, people from the greater Columbus area will have the opportunity to hear from senior Army leaders about how decisions will be made and provide valuable input on behalf of the community,” said Bishop, whose 2nd Congressional District includes Fort Benning. “Though no time frame or details are available as of yet, I am eager for our communities to have as much participation in the Army’s decision making process as possible, and look forward to the listening session, as I know citizens in the Chattahoochee Valley supports a strong Fort Benning as much as I do.”

Bishop, ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and related agencies, said community feedback will be considered by Army senior leaders before any final decisions.

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