Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan ended the Tuesday night informal session with a plea for the citizens of Clarksville and Montgomery County attend the Community Listening Session to be held January 20 at 6 p.m.in large numbers regarding cutbacks at Fort Campbell.. The military installation faces a possible sizeable force reduction under pending sequestration guideline in Congress. Military officials will visit the post to gauge the public’s support and response to announced proposed reductions.
“It is of the utmost importance that our community comes out on Jan. 20 to show their support of our men and women in uniform, as well as the civilians who work on pos. “The more people we have attending that evening will help to reinforce how these cuts to our military will be devastating to our region and also to our national security. Due to our unique situation with Fort Campbell residing between two states, we are working with our friends in Kentucky to show a unified community to the delegates from Washington,” McMillan declared as the council meeting closed.
Local mayors, state and federal senators and representatives, governors of Tennessee and Kentucky, and senior military leaders are expected to attend, along with a general from Washington, D.C..
The U.S. Army is looking at an overall reduction in civilian and military personnel from its present high of 490,000 to a low of 420,000-450-000.
* Population loss of 58,590 people
* 16,000 empty homes and apartments
* 10 schools closed (at a time when Clarksville has built new schools to accommodate population growth)
* loss of private sector jobs in construction, real estate and education
* Loss of on-post civilian and military jobs
The City Council Tuesday passed a resolution urging Congress to oppose any reduction in troop levels at Fort Campbell. McMillan will join other area mayors, legislators, military staff and a general from Washington, D.C. at the meeting. Fort Campbell is the largest employers in an area that includes both Tennessee and Kentucky.
The potential economic impact of the reductions to the region is estimated at $4.4 billion dollars.
For security reasons, all attendees with a valid photo ID should enter at gate 1 beginning at 4 p.m. Attendees can enter the FRC building beginning at 4:30 p.m. All bags will be subject to inspection.