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Sergeant major of the Army: Premature to speculate on defense cuts at Fort Benning

Raymond F. Chandler, sergeant major of the Army, said it’s premature to speculate on the impact of defense cuts on 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Benning.

“Any discussion on brigades we are going to cut is premature,” Chandler said today after serving as guest speaker for the 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment graduation at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

After the graduation, Chandler responded to the Army’s plans to cut at least eight brigades and 80,000 troops to trim its budget. The cuts are part of the Pentagon’s effort to cut $487 billion over the next decade.

Chandlers, who helped plan the move of the Armor School from Fort Knox to Benning,  noted the nation has made a big investment at the post with a $3.5 billion construction in the Base Realignment and Closure process.

“I don’t see the training portion of that reducing at all, that we continue to push the envelope on providing training capability for soldiers here at Fort Benning,” he said.