No decision on whether Fort Benning subjected to Army cuts

benw@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 29, 2013 

A decision has not been made on whether Fort Benning will be subjected to an Army directive to cut 25 percent from its budget and personnel costs.

“The final decision has not been made yet, but we hope to get a decision in the near future,” said Gary A. Jones, director of public affairs for the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Fort Benning, home of the Infantry School and Armor School, and other installations across the nation were sent an Aug. 14 memo from Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno and Secretary of the Army John McHugh calling for the cuts at the headquarters level and above.

Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a two-star general, is the commander at Fort Benning, the sixth largest post in the nation. His command staff includes a brigadier general and a colonel promotable to the one-star general rank leading the Armor and Infantry schools.

A deadline for the review is set for Sept. 11. The fiscal 2014 budget starts more than two weeks later on Oct. 1.

Jones said any decision on the directive would come from Washington. He didn’t know if the announcement will be before the fiscal budget goes into effect.

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