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Defense cuts could move thousands of troops from Fort Bragg

Posted February 2, 2015

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— As the U.S. military continues to downsize after pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq, cuts could soon hit Fort Bragg.

Fort Bragg is the largest Army post in the nation, with nearly 65,000 active-duty soldiers and reservists, plus their families and thousands of civilian employees.

The Army is planning major cutbacks to its brigade combat teams, and the Fayetteville Regional Chamber said 16,000 of those soldiers could come from Fort Bragg.

"If you count the wives and children, it's probably closer to 28,000 or 30,000. That would be like the towns of Hope Mills and Spring Lake just closing and going away," said Michael Lynch, director of military relations for the chamber.

The Air Force also is considering deactivating the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Army Airfield. The 1,300 reservists in the 440th help 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers train and deploy.

"If the unit leaves, obviously, there will be no organic airlift assets assigned to Pope Field," said Brig. Gen. Him Scanlon, commander of the 440th. "As far as economically, we have a $78 million-a-year impact to the local community."

Congress is awaiting an Air Force report to determine if the 440th should stay at Fort Bragg.

"We hope that our congressional delegation are going to give due diligence to the report and take the Air Force to task and make sure that it is a good decision, not only for our national security but for our taxpayers' dollars," Lynch said.

Military leaders are holding a listening session for the community at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites in Fayetteville on the potential troop cuts.


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  • hfm83 Feb 3, 2015

    Fayetteville Observer says 21,563 jobs cut total if the proposed cuts take place and an estimated $1 billion loss in the local economy and $11.3 million in sales tax receipts. Just think, the county just ran 1000 possible jobs away . Sounds like the county didn't get the memo on Ft. Bragg because with the threat of a loss of jobs in the community of this magnitude they should be begging any industry to come to Fayetteville.

  • kermit60 Feb 3, 2015

    aspenstreet1717 well said. How about pulling out the thousands of troops we still have in Germany, Korea, Japan, Bosnia, and numerous other countries around the globe. Lets put the troops and money back in our own country.

  • patracles221 Feb 3, 2015

    it's time for NC to get off the military gov't teat and stand on its own. can't depend on that DoD money for ever. now mccrory and the gop can create some real jobs in the state. besides what austerity goes around, comes around.

  • Johnny Byrd Feb 3, 2015
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    This is just payback for not being a good little blue state and voting for Obama in the last election as well as our governor not kowtowing down to His Eminence's demands to create a state insurance give away as was decreed.

  • hfm83 Feb 2, 2015

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    Nah!! Obama will never make it tough enough for that to happen. He's probably got something in this new budget plan just for them.

  • Donald Holder Feb 2, 2015
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    Bambi and Brown Sugar might be out of a job.

  • Donald Holder Feb 2, 2015
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    They came, they even brought more than they said and more than they had schools for. The overflow of students in Linden Oaks is going to Harnett County schools. Now that the area is finally almost prepared to handle the influx of families, they are thinking about moving them out.

  • hardycitrus Feb 2, 2015

    But what about the strip clubs, pawn shops, and tattoo parlors? Won't somebody think of them?

  • AnonyMouseLOL Feb 2, 2015

    Just 3-4 years ago, the Pentagon alerted the leaders of that area to get ready, that they were sending in 10,000 families to Bragg and Pope.

    The area ramped up housing starts, businesses opened new locations, so they'd be ready, and not only did they never come, now they're going to move thousands away - leaving south central NC with a huge deficit, empty houses, bankrupt businesses, etc.

    This is a travesty!!!

  • Joseph Smith Feb 2, 2015
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    The military wrote the book on waste. Close some of the dozens of cold war bases overseas.