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Thousands of jobs at stake at Fort Huachuca

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Thousands of jobs at stake at Fort Huachuca

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Mar 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 20, 2014

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - With troops pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is deciding if it should downsize…again.

It asked Fort Huachuca to look into how the base could operate without 2,700 military and civilian positions -- cuts that could happen through 2020 -- and examine the kind of impact it could have on surrounding areas.

"We need the jobs here, we need them here because Sierra Vista is the base," said Rosa Moran, who owns Carniceria La Noria right down the road from the main gate. 

It's a town that's reliant on the fort; she is a small business owner worried about what military cuts would mean for her. 

"Just like that you can just see the numbers." Moran said she has been through cuts at the post before, and said the difference at her business is night and day. 

She's not the only one who notices. "Less people; shoppers; less money for everybody; people struggling," longtime Sierra Vista resident Oliver Loza described. 

It's a struggle the town does not want to repeat. 

"Please let them work and let them do their jobs here in Sierra Vista," Moran said. 

It's the kind of response Fort Huachuca expects to hear when they ask the public for their input this summer. 

The 2,700 positions are not guaranteed to be on the chopping block, however. It's a pulse check from the Army to see what would happen if they were.

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.