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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: June 25, 2013 2:53:00 PM CDT

Statement from Fort Hood on force reductions

FORT HOOD, Texas -- The III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander issued the following statement referencing the Fort Hood impact from the June 24 Army announcement of force reductions based on Army strategy and fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011:

"The Army and Fort Hood's leadership deeply appreciates the Central Texas community's unwavering support to our Soldiers and their Families during the last 12 years of war," Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, III Corps and Fort Hood senior commander, said.

"Today, the Army Chief of Staff announced reductions and adjustments in Army Force Structure based on the Defense Department's strategic guidance and budget cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act," he said. "These reductions are not related to sequestration. By the end of 2017, the Army will reduce to 490,000 Soldiers from a wartime high of 570,000 -- a 14 percent reduction in Army active component end strength.

"The Army is apportioning brigade combat team and end strength reductions across the force based on a deliberate quantitative and qualitative analysis, and input solicited at community listening sessions," he said. "Accordingly, Fort Hood may experience a net loss of approximately 2,900 active component military positions by the end of Fiscal Year 2017 --  a seven percent reduction in the number of Soldiers at Fort Hood. This includes the inactivation of the 4th BCT, 1st Cavalry Division, and several other non-BCT formations.

"The Army will reinvest significant portions of inactivated units to achieve the reorganization of our brigade combat teams which will make them more versatile, agile and capable by adding a third maneuver battalion and by adding engineers and artillery capacity.

"Fort Hood will remain an essential power projection platform and home to multiple major operating force units and force generating capabilities. Fort Hood will continue to provide superior training facilities, infrastructure and
support services to our units, Soldiers and families," Ierardi said.

For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
(254) 287-9993
(254) 287-0106
1001 761st Tank Battalion Ave
Suite W105
Fort Hood, TX 76544