Kansas Posts Spared As Army Announces Cuts

Jul 9, 2015
The U.S. Army, flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says Kansas has been largely spared in the Army's plans to cut active-duty troops over the next two years, with Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth slated to lose fewer than 700 soldiers.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army announced plans to reduce its active-duty force by 40,000, or about 8 percent over the next two years. The cuts will impact nearly every Army installation, both in the continental United States and overseas.

In Kansas, Fort Leavenworth will lose 60 troop positions. Fort Riley will lose 615.

The Army says it will eliminate one infantry brigade at Fort Riley.

Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno says the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division will be inactivated.

The move is part of the Army's plans to reduce its overall strength by 80,000 soldiers, down to 490,000.

The military had already planned the cuts before federal budget reductions were put in place in March.

Fort Riley is home to nearly 18,000 soldiers and three brigades of the 1st Infantry Division, as well as a combat aviation brigade.

A former CIA and Army intelligence officer and adviser to President Reagan and President George H. W. Bush will speak on the WSU campus this evening.

Ray McGovern served in the CIA in the 1960s where his focus was analysis of Soviet policy toward Vietnam.

Now he questions the rationales put forward to support the Iraq war, as well as the identification of Iran as a nuclear power threat.

He also heads the organization “Speaking Truth to Power” in Washington.

The WSU Peace and War Group sponsor the lecture, and it is free and open to the public.