U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today issued a statement after the U.S. Army announced force structure and stationing decisions that would lead to a worldwide reduction of 80,000 soldiers by 2017.
The reductions will result in a relatively minor decrease of approximately 31 personnel by 2017 at Fort Huachuca in Southern Arizona.
Congressman Barber's statement:
The force reductions announced yesterday by the Army confirm that the assets of Fort Huachuca are indeed unique.
Although the Army as a whole will see significant reductions, Fort Huachuca's status as the center of Army intelligence, as a training location for pilots of unmanned aerial vehicles and as the site of the cleanest electromagnetic spectrum in the United States and the best testing environment for electronics evaluation make it one-of-a-kind. I will continue to fight for the preservation of these vital missions.
Nonetheless, the threat posed by sequestration -- to the fort and to our national security -- cannot be underestimated. Additional reductions in force will be required unless Congress addresses these sweeping and irresponsible budgetary mandates.
I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle to cut spending in a way that targets waste and duplication while preserving our strong national defense. That will benefit Fort Huachuca, Southern Arizona and our country.