Fort Benning faces another 10,000 job cuts - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Fort Benning faces another 10,000 job cuts

Posted: Updated:
Fort Benning faces more than 10,000 new job cuts, as recently announced by the Department of Defense.

Last year the Army wanted to cut 7,100 jobs at Fort Benning in the first downsizing phase. With the help of the public, Fort Benning was able to keep the 3rd Brigade.

The new Programmatic Environmental Assessment released Thursday doesn't specify which jobs are under the microscope now, but the combined solider and civilian projection is 10,767. 

Combined with the family members of these employees, there would be more than 27,000 people leaving the area.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike Gaymon says cuts like that would be crippling to our local economy. "
There will be no business that won't be affected," he says. "Obviously it will affect your tax base, it'll affect every business. Every business directly or indirectly is impacted by the military, one way or the other."

In fact, the impact of these cuts would be more than $1 billion a year in income, sales and taxes to our area.

Total, this assessment aims to reduce the army by 70,000 troops between 2015 and 2020. Last year public feedback helped curb those proposed cuts.

"You have to be proactive," says Gaymon. "The Army spent $3.5 billion to bring Armor here and do the other things they needed to do, but we were able to show that this region, this state, both states, and the city, etc. have invested over $3.2 billion themselves."

The Chamber's Executive Vice President of Military Affairs, Gary Jones, says, "We, this community, this Valley Partnership, this Chamber, must become the voice for Fort Benning as it communicates itself to the future about what this area will be."

The last time Fort Benning and the Army faced these kinds of cuts was after the Vietnam War. Jones, a veteran, says just because we aren't fighting now, doesn't mean we won't be in the future. "It's going to be a very difficult time because tremendously talented men and women will be leaving our service at a time when our service needs them," says Jones.


You can send letters and emails to the Army to explain why you think Fort Benning should keep these jobs.

Public comments on the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Realignment may be submitted by mail or e-mail to:
U. S. Army Environmental Command
             ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Bldg 2264)
Joint Base San-Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-7664


usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil

The comment period is now open but closes on August 25, 2014.

Find the full assessment, click here: http://aec.army.mil/Portals/3/nepa/Army2020SPEA-2.pdf

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Did "Macon Echo Run" cause loud boom over Columbus-area Tuesday?

    Did "Macon Echo Run" cause loud boom over Columbus-area Tuesday?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:11:37 GMT
    The United States Air Force has a designated route to test F-15 super sonic abilities over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents explain.The United States Air Force has a designated route to test F-15 super sonic abilities over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents explain.
    U.S. Air Force has designated super sonic test path over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents show.
    U.S. Air Force has designated super sonic test path over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents show.
  • Tomlinson: Loud boom over Columbus from plane's sonic boom

    Tomlinson: Loud boom over Columbus from plane's sonic boom

    Sep 16, 2014 08:18 PM2014-09-17 03:14:17 GMT
    Two F-15s are believed to have broken the sound barrier and created the loud sonic boom heard over Columbus late Tuesday afternoon.Two F-15s are believed to have broken the sound barrier and created the loud sonic boom heard over Columbus late Tuesday afternoon.
    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says a plane flying over Columbus created a loud boom after it broke the sound barrier and created a sonic boom shortly before 5p et Monday.
    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says a plane flying over Columbus created a loud boom after it broke the sound barrier and created a sonic boom shortly before 5p et Monday.
  • Community Cat Program aims to reduce feral cat population

    Community Cat Program aims to reduce feral cat population

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:34:34 GMT
    Columbus has an estimated 100,000 feral cats roaming the city, but a new program aims to reduce that number.
    Columbus has an estimated 100,000 feral cats roaming the city, but a new program aims to reduce that number.
Watch Live Watch Live Religious services
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    The 10 cities with America’s worst drivers

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:25:20 GMT
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
    Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn't sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America's Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it's least safe to drive are located in eastern states.
  • Bear takes dip in back yard pool

    Bear takes dip in back yard pool

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:52:16 GMT
    NBC News imageNBC News image
    It's no secret that alligators sometimes make their way into pools here in Florida. But, in sunny California, bears have been known to venture into back yards to take a dip.
    It's no secret that alligators sometimes make their way into pools here in Florida. But, in sunny California, bears have been known to venture into back yards to take a dip.
  • Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Florida Missing Child Alert: 15-year-old girl

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:23:50 GMT
    Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).Lindsey Turner (left) could be with Hailey Vallier (right).
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
    A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for Lindsey Turner, a white female, 15 years old, 5 feet 02 inches tall, 140 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, a smiley face scar on inner right wrist, last seen in the 1900 block of W 60th Street in Hialeah.
  • Continuous News DeskMore>>

  • Tomlinson: Loud boom over Columbus from plane's sonic boom

    Tomlinson: Loud boom over Columbus from plane's sonic boom

    Sep 16, 2014 08:18 PM2014-09-17 03:14:17 GMT
    Two F-15s are believed to have broken the sound barrier and created the loud sonic boom heard over Columbus late Tuesday afternoon.Two F-15s are believed to have broken the sound barrier and created the loud sonic boom heard over Columbus late Tuesday afternoon.
    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says a plane flying over Columbus created a loud boom after it broke the sound barrier and created a sonic boom shortly before 5p et Monday.
    Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says a plane flying over Columbus created a loud boom after it broke the sound barrier and created a sonic boom shortly before 5p et Monday.
  • Did "Macon Echo Run" cause loud boom over Columbus-area Tuesday?

    Did "Macon Echo Run" cause loud boom over Columbus-area Tuesday?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:11:37 GMT
    The United States Air Force has a designated route to test F-15 super sonic abilities over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents explain.The United States Air Force has a designated route to test F-15 super sonic abilities over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents explain.
    U.S. Air Force has designated super sonic test path over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents show.
    U.S. Air Force has designated super sonic test path over portions of middle Georgia, Warner Robins Air Force Base documents show.
  • Phenix City Police search for suspects after at least 7 car break-ins

    Phenix City Police search for suspects after at least 7 car break-ins

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:04:38 GMT
    Police are still searching for suspects after about a half dozen cars were broken into or stolen early Tuesday morning in Phenix City. The thefts happened on Kaolin Drive, Prince Drive, King Drive and Wehring Lane next to Fontaine Park near South Girard School. Christopher Brown is one of the victims from Tuesday's burglaries. He says two of his cars were broken into and believes one of the suspects was still inside his car when he went to drop off his sister.“He said the way the window buste...
    Police are still searching for suspects after about a half dozen cars were broken into or stolen early Tuesday morning in Phenix City. The thefts happened on Kaolin Drive, Prince Drive, King Drive and Wehring Lane next to Fontaine Park near South Girard School. Christopher Brown is one of the victims from Tuesday's burglaries. He says two of his cars were broken into and believes one of the suspects was still inside his car when he went to drop off his sister.“He said the way the window buste...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.