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November 1, 2014

Kentucky, Tennessee explore impact of possible military drawdown

Both Christian and Montgomery Counties will meet to review information and create a plan to address potential budget cuts at Fort Campbell that could have dire effects on both communities.

Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Marian Mason and other members met with the U.S. Armed Services Committee on Thursday to discuss potential cuts and strategize on how to handle cutbacks. She plans to meet with Montgomery County officials include the local Chamber of Commerce “soon.”

The Clarksville and Hopkinsville chambers are coordinating a unified response to the Army regarding the potential cuts.

The U.S. Army is considering a drawdown from 562,000 troops (2012) to a low of 420,000 after more than a decade of war. That could result in a loss of up to half the current personnel at Fort Campbell, bring the military population to a low of 16,000 soldiers.

The economic impact to the region would be nearly $1 billion per year. The cuts could cost Fort Campbell to lose up to 60 percent on the non-BCT soldiers and 30% of its civilian workforce.

Officials are quick to note that is only a possibility, and that it represents the worst possible result. Any decision on cutbacks will be linked to mission-oriented and include environmental and economic impacts.

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