Fort Wainwright among options for Army's potential downsizing

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The U.S. Army has proposed cutting about 5,800 soldiers and civilian positions from Fort Wainwright as one of many options it is exploring for possible force reductions.

The Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/BzJYMn ) says final decisions haven't been made on where the reductions will be, but such a cut would reduce the workforce at Fort Wainwright to 1,600. It could also potentially hurt the Fairbanks economy, where about 23 percent of the population is military or dependent on the military.

The Army is taking public comment through Aug. 25 on the impacts of possible force reductions over the 2015-2020 timeframe.

Civic leaders in Fairbanks are encouraging residents to write the Army about the proposal and to show up in large numbers at an Army listening session to be held sometime this winter.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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