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Breaking News: Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority briefs Army Listening Team

Posted April 25, 2013     1 comments

 Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority briefs Army Listening Team

How will personnel cuts at Fort Benning affect the region? That was the question posed at a listening session held Wednesday, April 25th in the Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall on Fort Benning. Elected officials and community leaders, including Chamber Board Chair, Jacki Lowe, spoke to a listening team from the Department of the Army about the local support for the military and the effects of cuts on families and businesses.
“We believe that, when all the facts are carefully considered,” Lowe said, “our region has prepared, invested and planned and is ready, willing and able to support and enhance the future needs of Fort Benning.”
Representatives of Senators Chambliss and Isakson and Congressmen Bishop and Westmoreland each read statements on behalf of these elected officials expressing their concern for any cuts that the Department of the Army may impose on Fort Benning. Each pledged to monitor the situation closely and work with each other and military leaders to serve the needs of soldiers and their families.
 “For the past seventy years, Columbus and Phenix City have supported Fort Benning’s mission to train and prepare our service members for the call to duty. Providing services, community, and opportunity, we are as intricately woven into the lineage of Fort Benning’s support to our military as any tank, battalion, or maneuver center has ever been,” said Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. “Certainly, I can personally attest to the pride we hold in our ability and willingness to serve our armed forces in this capacity, and these communities look forward to many more years of united service to the nation.”
Prior to the public portion of the listening session, Chamber staff provided a briefing to the Department of the Army listening team on regional partnerships, posture and preparedness. Staff provided data on infrastructure and educational enhancement spending, as well as the availability of healthcare services and housing.
A decision on personnel cuts is expected this summer.
 

 

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Proposed DOD personnel cuts

From: Bob Garrard, 04/29/13 12:45 PM

There is not better base than Fort Benning, GA to both TRAIN and MAINTAIN specialized Brigades. Having the FORSCOM DEPLOYABLE BRIGADE alongside Benning's TRADOC missions concentrates real combat lessons learned with essential training encompassing Infantry, Armor and Scout requirements. It has been proven in the Middle East. The Brigade Combat team has been on the forefront of leadership and beginning with Desert Shield/Storm, for over 20 years. The value of FORSCOM and TRADOC side by side at Benning is priceless to the defense of the United States.

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