Loss Of Brigade 'Almost Certain', General Says
Fort Drum's commanding general says it seems "almost certain" the 10th Mountain Division will lose a brigade.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend told the New York State Senate Monday that with the Army planning to cut between eight and 12 brigades, the odds of the division losing one are pretty good.
"With only 11 divisions in our Army, it's almost certain that at least one brigade will come from our10th Mountain Division," he said.
Fort Drum is home to three combat brigades, an aviation brigade, and a sustainment brigade. All five are part of the 10th Mountain Division.
A fourth combat brigade, stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana, is also part of the 10th.
"Today, in an era of increasing austerity, none of us can take the existence of Fort Drum for granted," Townsend told the senators.
And, he said, if sequestration continues, it might force the Army to eliminate as many as twice the number of brigades as it plans now.
"If this happens," he said, "we can expect the Army to lose some divisions, as well."
Townsend was addressing the Senate as part of the Senate's 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day.
It was the second time the Senate recognized the division for its role in national defense and for what the post means to the north country economy.
Watch the YouTube video of the entire Senate event, including Townsend's comments.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Watertown, NY