Buddy Carter Discussed Recent Troop Reduction Plan

| July 13, 2015

Carter Buddy

Buddy Carter, First District Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives


The United States Army announced this week that it will reduce the number of uniformed soldiers at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field by 950 as part of a national draw down of 40,000 troops. The announced reduction in Army forces includes cuts to 4,350 soldiers from military installations in Georgia as part of the Department of Defense’s plans to reduce the Army from the troop strength of 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of 2017. Of the troops cut in Georgia, 3,400 will be eliminated from Fort Benning near Columbus and 950 from Fort Stewart.

With global instability on the rise and increasingly unpredictable threats, this draw down is short sighted. Cutting troops at this time flies in the face of reality. I believe the number one responsibility of the federal government is to provide a strong national defense and I am increasingly concerned that we will render ourselves unable to respond to the threats we face around the globe.

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field is uniquely equipped and strategically located to deliver a devastating blow to our adversaries world-wide with its vast training areas, modern facilities and an extraordinary network of intermodal deployment options through nearby ports and on-post and nearby airports. With our unmatched capabilities, I remain optimistic for the future.

We will continue fighting every day to attract new missions. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield remains the right place to grow.


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