AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Potential troop reductions coming to Fort Gordon were discussed Tuesday by community leaders and Army officials.
Community leaders voiced their opinions about what they think this could mean for the CSRA.
“To the folks on the panel today, it's not just about jobs in Augusta. It's about giving back to those who serve our country,” Columbia County Commissioner Doug Duncan said. “It's giving back to those families who sacrifice and go through so much. We want them to feel welcome, have opportunity here and we want them to stay.”
Representatives for Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator David Perdue, Congressman Rick Allen, Mayor Hardie Davis, Augusta commissioners, GRU and Georgia Power among others came out to ask military leaders what they can do and how they can support the post.
Community feedback sessions are being held at 30 other military installations across the nation, where cuts are also a possibility.
Officials stress no decisions on reductions have been made yet and say it will depend on the budget.
Still, the Army did confirm they plan to reduce the number of soldiers in the Active Army to 450 thousand, over 300 thousand in the Army National Guard and 195 thousand in the Army Reserve.