Associated Press: Army Plans To Cut 80,000 Soldiers
We now have more information about plans to reduce the size of the Army.
North country Congressman Bill Owens (D. - 23rd District) says troop reduction across the Army might actually be good news for Fort Drum because the 10th Mountain Division is agile, flexible, ready to deploy quickly, innovative and technologically advanced - qualities Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said are desirable.
"It is well trained, has had many, many deployments and is a very flexible fighting unit. So when you look at those factors, you compare that to what Secretary Panetta is talking about, I think we can have great confidence that this is not going to have a material adverse effect on Fort Drum," said Owens.
Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will brief the media at 2 p.m. Thursday on major budget decisions stemming from the defense strategic guidance.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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