FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - Fort Lee is set to lose 127 soldiers in a new round of cuts to the Army, Senator Mark Warner's office confirmed Thursday.
Fort Lee did not have any immediate comment on the cuts, which are part of a 40,000 troop reduction over the next two years caused by mandatory spending reductions. Fort Eustis will lose 94 soldiers and Fort Belvoir will lose 250 soldiers, Senator Tim Kaine's office told the Associated Press.
"While I welcome the news that the Army has reversed earlier plans that could have resulted in thousands of job cuts at Fort Eustis and Fort Lee, I am mindful that we must get serious about getting our budget house in order," Sen. Warner said in a statement. "Today's announcement should be a wake-up call to my colleagues on Capitol Hill about the need for us to find a responsible path forward that restores budgetary predictability and allows us to invest in bipartisan national priorities like security, veterans' health and fixing our crumbling infrastructure. While some drawdown in our military force levels is to be expected as the U.S. winds down its combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan after many years, our military leaders should be able to make decisions based on strategic needs and not based on senseless and arbitrary budget caps."
The Army began trimming its more than 560,000 troops in 2013. The branch plans to cut its forces from 490,000 to at least 450,000 by the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Around 17,000 civilian positions could also be eliminated. Fort Lee is just one of 30 posts throughout the country affected.
If cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 - also known as sequestration - take place as they are scheduled in October, an additional 30,000 troops could be lost. However, Congress can move to stop spending cuts across all departments of federal government before the deadline.
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