HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Anchorage and Fairbanks communities are invited to participate in community listening sessions next week to offer public input to be considered in the Army’s force reduction decision process.
The Anchorage session will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The Fairbanks session is set for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Carlson Center.
Topics of special interest to the Army include key community-unique facts that senior leaders should consider, especially with respect to military considerations, infrastructure, community investment, schools and education, medical services, family and veteran support and quality of life.
Decisions on which Army units and organizations will be selected for possible reductions have not yet been made. The analysis of environmental and socioeconomic impacts as well as community feedback from listening sessions will help force structure decision-makers as they identify the specific units and organizations that may be reduced in coming years.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 – also commonly known as sequestration – mandated that the Army reduce its troop strength from a high of 570,000 in 2010 to 450,000 by the end of FY 2017. If sequestration-level funding continues in FY 2016, the Army will be required to reduce its Active Component force to 420,000. There are currently 30 installations being considered for possible force reductions, including Fort Wainwright and JBER. The Army is looking at ways to reconfigure the force to best support the Army’s continued mission, while minimizing the effects on military communities.
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