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Local Leaders Launch Effort To Save Fort Campbell

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Local Leaders Launch Effort To Save Fort Campbell

By Adam Ghassemi. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The sequestration could mean major cuts in a lot of places, but Monday officials from Clarksville and Montgomery County launched a campaign to urge Army leaders to not make reductions at Ft. Campbell.

The post along the Tennessee-Kentucky state line serves as headquarters for the 101st Airborne Division as well as 31,000 soldiers, their families and civilian workers.

"What we're doing is unifying together to provide a way to let the citizens' voice be heard,” said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

"We want to show people that Clarksville-Montgomery County believes in Fort Campbell, realizes the importance of the men and women that serve there and how important they are, not just to our community, but to this entire country."

People can now use a form letter on the county's website to instantly tell members of Congress as well as the Department of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) to stop any potential reductions.

"The importance of Fort Campbell to our nation's defense and to our community as well as the state of Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Kentucky cannot be overstated,” said Rep. Joe Pitts of Clarksville.

People can also send their own messages by writing, calling or emailing Army officials.

Everything must be received by August 25th, which is why leaders want people and anyone they know to do this as soon as possible to hopefully keep Fort Campbell from changing.

"So it is vitally important for the public to realize they need to act and they need to act now,” McMillan said.

Write:
U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664

Email: usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil

Call: (210) 466-1590 or toll-free 855-846-3940

Adam Ghassemi

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Adam Ghassemi joined the NewsChannel 5 Network in May 2011. Adam is a Memphis native and comes to NC5 from KATU-TV in Portland, Ore.