Missouri Senators React To Cuts At Fort Wood
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The US Army has announced that 885 positions will be phased out at Fort Leonard Wood by 2019. The changes are the result of the inactivation of an Engineer Battalion Headquarters, a Brigade Support Battalion, and two construction companies. U.S Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt have issued a joint statement calling it a modest reduction that could have been far worse.
“Fort Leonard Wood is integral to the national security of the United States and the lifeblood of surrounding communities—which is why we have worked together in our roles on the Senate Armed Services Committee to ensure its continued operations,” said the Senators.
“The announced reductions, while significant, could have been far worse, putting our military readiness in jeopardy. We’ll continue our strong bipartisan advocacy of Fort Leonard Wood in the future to ensure that its importance to our national security is acknowledged and protected,” the Senators concluded.
Blunt and McCaskill recently sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh expressing concerns surrounding potential plans to reconfigure the Army’s Brigade Combat Teams. The Senators stressed that the current co-stationing of U.S. Forces Command units with Fort Leonard Wood’s Training and Doctrine Command schools benefits the Army and increases the units’ combat effectiveness.