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Army holds 'listening session' about Bragg force reductions

Posted February 5, 2015

— Fort Bragg leaders, residents and others packed into the Embassy Suites in Fayetteville on Thursday morning for a "listening session" to discuss how force reduction plans could affect the sprawling Army post that's home to the famed 82nd Airborne Division.

An Army report says Fort Bragg could lose as many as 16,000 soldiers and civilians over the next decade, and the region could lose more than 21,000 jobs.

Retired four-star Gen. Dan McNeill and current Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson know the importance of keeping the current troop strength at Fort Bragg.

"I think we had a great cross-section – education, health, business, Realtors – all good partners," Anderson said. "I think they got strong messages across about how much they feel about Fort Bragg."

Retired Maj. Gen. Rodney Anderson received a round of applause when he said the strength of the soldier is the family, but the strength of the family is the community.

"And that is exactly what makes Fayetteville and Fort Bragg and ideal location for our forces to live, raise a family, and train and conduct their missions," he said.

During the session, leaders reviewed Fort Bragg's impact on the region and explained why the Army is reducing its size. Similar sessions have been held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and other posts.

"It comes down to those intangible things," said Michael Lynch with the Fayetteville Regional Chamber of Commerce. "What about the quality of life? What about the commitment from the state and local governments to take care of soldiers, to improve the quality of life? All those things come into play when they make decisions like this."

Business leaders pointed out about $1 billion in defense contracts are executed in communities near Fort Bragg each year.

 "This execution of defense contracts allows Fort Bragg to accomplish its mission at the lowest possible price, getting the best services at the best prices to support our soldiers and their families," said Scott Dorney with the North Carolina Military Business Center.

Fort Bragg officials are encouraging people to tweet their questions because space at the Embassy Suites conference center is limited.

"I thought it went very well," said Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, a Pentagon representatives who attended the event. "We gained some valuable data, and we'll bring that back to the senior leadership of the Army."

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  • Dennis Lee Feb 6, 2015
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    With a decreased military in Fay.,NC the merchants will understand that discriminating against the local people will have to come to and end. 10 percent to 20 percent off to the military for doing voluntary job the locals pick up the difference in full retail pricing. The military is the highest paying job in our county of Cumberland. Wake up local business the local people will be here when the military long gone.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 6, 2015

    I"m wondering if Rabin was at this session?

  • TheBucketWoman Feb 6, 2015

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    You mean like Mexican Mitt? Or Canadian Cruz?

  • Travis Upchurch Feb 6, 2015
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    help us get the libs out of office and get a true AMERICAN back in the white house!! They are cutting way to deep across the nation!! This is just plan dumb!!!!!!

  • TheBucketWoman Feb 5, 2015

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    Y'all need a drug intervention.

  • hfm83 Feb 5, 2015

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    This is a FACT!!!!!

  • hfm83 Feb 5, 2015

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    Pat is the man!!! Best thing that's happened to NC in decades. But then again, anything is better than a democrat.

  • Floyd Bridges Feb 5, 2015
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    One of the greatest fears is to cut our armed forces back to the levels of the Carter years. Remember the helicopter /C-130 fiasco in the deserts of Iran? - An embarrassing an effort by a superpower to rescue hostages in a U.S. mission in Tehran.
    That failure will be repeated if we don't stop cutting our military.

  • TheBucketWoman Feb 5, 2015

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    Yeah cause they'd never figure it out. Are you kidding? Did you accidentally fall into this internet comment forum?

  • thewayitis Feb 5, 2015

    Let's please not decrease the size of our military and announce it to the whole world.

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