'Listening Session' On Future Of Drum Set For Watertown

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With the U.S. Army poised to cut tens of thousands of soldiers, the Army will hold a "listening session" in Watertown later this month.

The session "will provide community members with a brief overview of the Army's current stationing efforts" and "will also capture community member input for Army Senior Leaders to consider" as the Army reorganizes and scales back.

The Army must cut 80,000 soldiers by the fall of 2017.

One internal Army study has raised the possibility of Fort Drum losing as many as 8,000 soldiers or gaining as many as 3,000, though Drum officials have said the worst case is not likely to happen.

The Watertown session will be held at Case Middle School on Washington Street at 5 pm on April 25.  Fort Drum Commander Major General Stephen J. Townsend will host the meeting, which is one of 29 being held nationwide.

Fort Drum's announcement of the session

Fort Drum, NY - Major General Stephen J. Townsend, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum Commander is hosting a community listening session on stationing, April 25th at 5 p.m. at Case Middle School, Washington St., Watertown.

The listening session will provide community members with a brief overview of the Army's current stationing efforts to include the decision process and will also capture community member input for Army Senior Leaders to consider as part of the overall analysis of how future decisions could affect communities surrounding military posts, camps and stations.

The Army must reduce and reorganize its force structure in order to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 consistent with the National Military Strategy. The Army will reduce its active duty end strength by 80,000 Soldiers, from a Fiscal Year 2010 peak of 570,000 to 490,000 by the end of Fiscal Year 2017. To accomplish this, the Army is currently analyzing all
available options, many of which may affect the number of Soldiers stationed at Fort Drum and numerous other installations. TheArmy has made no final decisions on restructuring or realignment at this time and will be conducting like listening sessions at 29 other communities.

While Army stationing decisions are based on military and operational factors to include strategy, investments to date, statutory requirements, and cost savings, community input is needed in order to make the best decisions about reorganization and to mitigate as much as possible the impact on the economies surrounding posts that may be affected.

The session will include sufficient time reserved for individual comments and questions regarding the stationing process.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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