Fort Carson Responds To Projected Force Changes

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FORT CARSON, Colo. Jobs will not be slashed with the inactivation of one of their combat brigades, Fort Carson commanders said Tuesday.

The news broke that afternoon that Fort Carson would be one of 12 military installations in the U.S. and Europe to lose one of their brigades. At Fort Carson, the brigade in question is the 3rd BCT.

Commanders were quick to point out that the 3,800 soldiers in that brigade would not be out of a job, that instead assignments would be restructured.

"The number of 3,800 soldiers that we're going to be losing is not true that's not correct," said LTC Armando Hernandez Tuesday.

Hernandez addressed questions following an official ceremony on Fort Carson Tuesday afternoon, indicating the 3rd Brigade Combat Team could be de-activated under the plan.

"The Fort Carson population would remain relatively constant if all this goes into effect," Hernandez said. "We have not received specific guidance on which units are going to be moving where."

Comments released by Congressman Doug Lamborn indicate most soldiers will remain assigned to the Mountain Post and be re-assigned to other missions.

Lamborn also said that the Army actually anticipates Fort Carson to increase in size by 1,800 active duty Army personnel. The post is actually gaining a brigade next week when the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will officially be activated. The 4th CAB will bring dozens of helicopters and thousands of soldiers to Fort Carson.

Overall, the Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the county as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut the size of the service by 80,000.

Combat brigade units will be removed from the following bases: Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Two brigades stationed at Baumholder and Grafenwoehr, Germany, will complete their inactivation in 2013.