Fewer Troops Coming To Fort Carson

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

The plan to bring thousands more soldiers to Fort Carson has been slashed.

Secretary of Army Pete Geren says he had to make some tough decisions under President Barack Obama's slimmer budget.

Fort Carson General Mark Graham says they were set to house more than 29,000 troops by 2013. Now Fort Carson will be home to 25,000 troops by 2011.

It's news that could mean millions of dollars less pumping into our region.

Southern Colorado is home to thousands of U.S. soldiers and they're not only here to serve our country, but to make our community what it is. "They're in our schools, they're volunteers, they're in our churches, they contribute so much," said Brian Binn who is the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs President.

The troops help businesses thrive by the billions. "It was estimated at 1.8 billion dollars. So, it is significant," said Binn. That's how much they contributed last year alone.

"There is an economic impact to our region," said Binn. Binn says he doesn't know the exact impact, but says the economy will probably lose out on millions of dollars.

However, the thousands of troops being re-positioned from Fort Hood to Fort Carson will still happen. "So, we'll have four combat brigades here instead of five," said General Graham.

Which Graham says isn't all bad. "That of course gives us some capacity. If the construction stays on track and approved it does give us the capacity to down the road if the army chooses to bring other forces here," said Graham.

Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Stewart in Georgia were also affected by the budget cuts.

Fort Carson says they'll still try to acquire more Pinon Canyon land for training despite their number of troops dropping.

This news didn't come as a total shock. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had actually proposed the idea in his defense budget.

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  • by Richard Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 12, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    Well I see the mentally challenged have weighed in on the increase of troops and their families coming to Fort Carson and supporting the citys' economy. If you want a ghost town move the mountians, plenty of shacks and low rent folks up that way. If not then come up with a way to supply the 1.5 billion dollars of revnue that the military generates for the region. Bottom line you take them for granted until they do move out and you starve, dry up and blow away.
  • by colorado iraq vet Location: in the mountains on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    You will wish that none of those 25000 troops were coming when they impose martial law and shoot you down in the streets. We that's ME and those troops have been practicing around the globe for martial law in the fascist states of america. Those troops will be the only economy soon. YOU AND ME WILL ALL BE DEAD OR IN PRISON! Please tell your sons and "those troops" wake up! it's already too late. semper fi usmc 03-07 oif/oef
  • by Tom Location: CS on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    Nobody else thinks this is actually a GOOD thing?? There are enough people in this town as it is...
  • by Chuck Stullman Location: Monument on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    My favorit balls are orange. I like trupes.
  • by TK Location: CS on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    With less soldiers here it's the liquor stores and psychologists that will be losing the most money.
  • by brubaker Location: colorado springs, CO on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:40 AM
    I didn't vote for either barak-o or ritter. Colorado loses out on something that could be coming in & helping the local economy, blame goes to the liberal left.
  • by Deb on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    Obviously, we also have some bigots and idiots.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Its called democracy and I think our community has a few more folks in it than those hicks (and trannis) in Trinidad
  • by Christine Location: Las Animas on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    Should the Colorado Springs community prosper at the expense of other communities in SE Colorado? I think not!
  • by Cary Chuck David Location: Monument on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    I like hot dogs!
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