16,000 could be cut from Fort Stewart

Just a year after the U.S. Army announced Fort Stewart would lose one of its three combat brigades, a new study shows as many as 16,000 soldiers and Defense Department civilians could be cut from the Coastal Georgia installation in the coming six years.

The report released last week by the U.S. Army Environmental Command spelled out that worst-case scenario for Fort Stewart where about 20,000 soldiers are currently stationed alongside about 3,000 military civilians.

The report — the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 force structure realignment — considered the environmental and socioeconomic impacts communities surrounding about 30 domestic Army posts could face in the case of drastic mandatory cuts to force strength that would become necessary should the full effects of sequestration become reality. In addition to Fort Stewart, the report identified nine other major Army installations that could face similar deep cuts.


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