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US Army Cuts Would Hit Nearly Every Base PDF Print E-mail
he US Army announced a plan to cut 40,000 troops that would impact nearly every Army installation, warning that the reductions could grow if Congress cannot reach a deal to avert sequestration budget cuts.

The Army detailed plans to cut the active-duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 within two years. The end-strength target was made public months ago, but members of Congress were briefed Thursday on the specific bases and units impacted.

Army Director of Force Management Brig. Gen. Randy George, at a press conference Thursday, attributed the decision to fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration.

"As you know, these are incredibly difficult choices," he said.

The cuts land hardest in Georgia, Alaska and Hawaii, though George said they affect troops ranging from the infantry, signal, logistics, civil affairs, and military police and trainees.

Big cuts come from restructuring the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Benning Georgia, followed by the 4th BCT (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Each would each shrink from a 4,000-person brigade to a 1,000-person task force.

The 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will convert to an infantry BCT, and the 81st BCT, a National Guard unit on the West Coast, would take over the Stryker equipment.
 
Sigh of Relief as Fort Drum Avoids Major Cuts PDF Print E-mail
Last year the Army eliminated the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Briagde and 1,500 active duty positions with it.

Shortly after the Army announced it would look into future cuts, another 40,000 nationwide.  It studied Fort Drum to see what effect cutting another 16,000 or 80% of it's soldiers jobs would have.

Efforts to convince the Army it would be devastating culminated in March.   A rally at JCC was held to show Washington what Fort Drum means to the North Country and vise versa.

The rally was followed up by testimonials.  In all, some 2,000 people showed up.

Ten days later, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Drum and let everyone know it wasn't going anywhere.

"Fort Drum isn't going anywhere.  You guys are in the middle of everything," he said.

But what Carter didn't do, was clarify just how many soldiers Fort Drum would lose.  Anything less than last year would be okay but anything more and there'd be problems.

But the partnership between Fort Drum and the Community paid off Thursday in a big way.  It was announced Fort Drum will only lose 28 positions and as Rep. Elise Stefanik put it, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

"It is an incredible day for Fort Drum and it is a testament to the unique role that Fort Drum plays in our military readiness," Stefanik said.

If you compare Fort Drum's numbers to the overall number of cuts nationwide announced Thursday, clearly Army leaders agreed with all those who supported Fort Drum's and the 10th Mountain Division's importance.

"This reduction amounts to an accumulative cut of 120,000 from the regular Army or 21% since 2012," Army Director of Force Management Brig. General Randy George said Thursday.

But as the community takes that breath, there's more trouble ahead.  If the 2016 fiscal year starts and sequestration, those automatic spending cuts triggered by a lack of a budget agreement, is still in play, the Army could be looking at another reduction of 20,000 - 30,000 troops and Fort Drum could once again have a big target.
 
Senator decries cuts of 4,350 soldiers in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., responded to the news of continued significant reductions in the size and capability of the U.S. Army.
 
In a release he noted that in a phone call Wednesday with Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Isakson learned that the reduction in Army forces includes cuts of 4,350 soldiers from military installations in Georgia as part of the Department of Defense's plans to reduce the Army nationwide by 40,000 soldiers, from the current level of 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of 2017.
 
Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga., will see a net loss of approximately 950 soldiers, and Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., will see a net loss of 3,400 soldiers, the release said.
 
Additional cuts to the number of civilian personnel at military bases are expected but have not yet been announced by the Department of Defense.
 
"I am demanding answers from the Department of Defense on how they are justifying these troop cuts in Georgia. I have also taken steps to block a Senate vote on the president's nomination of a new congressional liaison for the Department of Defense in light of the Department's failure to give Congress a heads up before these cuts were made public," Isakson said.
 
US Army Seeks Leap-Ahead Cyber Defense Tech PDF Print E-mail
he US Army is seeking to equip its cyber warriors with cutting-edge networking hardware, and it is going outside the traditional acquisitions system to do it.

The easily transportable "fly-away" kit of hardware and software would travel with the Army's cyber protection teams, whose job involves hunting inside the military's networks for intrusions and fighting off cyber attacks.

The Army issued a presolicitation notice June 19 for the equipment, called a deployable defensive cyberspace operations infrastructure capability, which would provide commanders with tools for "quick reaction, cyber defense reinforcement, and security enhancement capabilities," the notice said.

The kits would interface with Army networks to let the teams, "conduct countermeasures in real-time enabling commanders to take immediate action in the execution of network defense," according to an Army news release.

The cyber protection teams work for the military's geographic commands the world over, and are organized to perform one of five key cyber defensive mission functions: mission protection, discovery and counter infiltration, cyber threat emulation, inspection, and cyber support.
 
West Point welcomes future cadets on R-day PDF Print E-mail
WEST POINT, N.Y. (June 30, 2015) -- In 2014, close to 21 million students enrolled in the more than 5,000 undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States.

Of that, only 4,591 attend a renowned school overlooking the Hudson River in upstate New York. 

A school so prestigious that Forbes magazine voted it the 23rd top school in the country.

A school so acclaimed that then general of the Army, Omar Bradley, in his 1978 Founder's Day speech said, "For 176 years the Long Gray Line has met the needs of our changing society while remaining an impregnable bastion of those ideals upon which our country was founded."

That school is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Every year, typically on the last Monday in June, about 1,300 future members of the corps of cadets gather at Thayer Hall under the guarded eye of the superintendent, or SUP, USMA faculty, and a company of officers and noncommissioned officers from the Army Reserve's 104th Training Division (LT). 
  
That Monday is when future cadets arriving at West Point are given uniforms, buzz haircuts, and their initial taste of the Army. 
 
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