General Says Troop Loss Probably Not As High As Predicted

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The commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division spoke out about an Army assessment released last week that outlines how the Army will reduce its ranks by more than 70,000 soldiers.

That assessment indicated Fort Drum's soldier population could swing, ranging from a loss of 8,000 soldiers to a gain of 3,000.

General Stephen Townsend says the change in Fort Drum's soldier population will more likely range from a loss of 2,000 to a gain of 3,000.

Townsend offered his opinion on the numbers at a meeting Thursday morning of the local chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA).

He added he hopes the north country would be supportive if reductions elsewhere result in more troops at Fort Drum.

The division has three infantry brigades at Fort Drum and a fourth stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Townsend said he hopes the fourth brigade is moved to Fort Drum, but he doesn't think it's likely.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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