Troop Realignment to Benefit Fort Carson?

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Fort Carson could benefit from a plan to move thousands of U.S. soldiers out of Europe and Asia.

This week, President Bush announced a major global realignment of our forces. Over the next 10 years, the plan is to bring home between 60 and 70,000 troops from countries like Germany and Korea. And when that happens, there's a good chance Fort Carson could become the new home to several thousand soldiers and their families.

So far, Fort Carson officials will only say that it's too early to speculate on how the Mountain Post could benefit from this realignment. But some city leaders are hopeful that more troops will be stationed here.

President Bush says the redeployment has been in the works for three years and is necessary to better fight the War on Terror. Most of the shifted troops will come from Germany and other NATO countries in Western Europe, as well as South Korea and Japan.

Congressman Joel Hefley believes Fort Carson is capable of handling some of those troops. So does Will Temby, the president of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. "There is a chance they will downsize installations overseas---2006 and beyond---and certainly Fort Carson has the possibility of being on the receiving end of those troops."

Here's why. Over the past 10 years, Fort Carson has spent $250 million on construction projects to upgrade the post. "It seems to have the infrastructure, capacity, family services and all the support mechanisms that would be needed to house additional troops," says Tembly.

Nothing will happen quickly. The Pentagon says the realignment won't come happen until at least 2006.