As expected, Fort Hood troop levels have fallen slightly to meet the needs of the downsizing Army.

Last year, officials announced troop levels would reduce by 80,000 soldiers Army-wide by 2017. The cut from Fort Hood was estimated in June to be 2,900 soldiers lost over that same time frame.

At that time, Fort Hood had about 42,384 soldiers. By September that number had fallen to 42,091 and now sits around 41,140.

With a drop of about 1,200 soldiers, Fort Hood is nearly halfway to its 2017 end state.

“Fort Hood authorizations change based on many ongoing decisions at the Army level,” said Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood spokesman. “With that said, Fort Hood will remain adaptive, flexible and responsive to the Army’s current and future needs. We remain committed in providing the best care, support and services to our soldiers, families and civilians through meaningful initiatives.”

Fort Hood fared better than some installations, losing 7 percent of its troop strength.

Fort Knox, Ky., took the largest hit with its only brigade combat team inactivating, cutting 43 percent of its soldier population.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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