Colorado Democratic Senator Ken Salazar said he's sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking the Army to help create an economic development plan for southeastern Colorado communities, which would be affected by a potential expansion of Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon training ground.
Salazar offered few specifics during a conference call with reporters, other than to suggest the Army station a brigade as part of a "Fort Carson annex" in the expansion area, perhaps near Trinidad.
He said he wanted a response from Gates within 30 days.
The Army wants to expand the maneuver site from 368 square miles to more than one-thousand square miles as Fort Carson grows.
Salazar says he hopes the Pentagon will provide more details about what officials want to do in southeastern Colorado.