A plan released Thursday by the Army looks at the impacts to Central Texas if Fort Hood lost 16,000 jobs. The report considers the impact if troop levels continue to decrease due to budget constraints.
The figure is a worst-case scenario and is contained in a draft report by the U.S. Army Environmental Command, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
That report looks at the impact of defense cuts at 30 Army posts. It concluded that Fort Hood is one of nine large Army installations that could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilians under the most extreme cuts. The plan looks at cutting about 14,700 troops and 1,300 civilians from Fort Hood. About 41,000 soldiers currently are stationed at Fort Hood, according to III Corps data.
Final decisions on which installations will see reductions have not been made, officials said. The report is designed to help decision-makers identify specific units and organizations to be affected between 2015 and 2020.
The report shows that cutting 16,000 jobs from Fort Hood would have a “significant” impact to the socio-economics of the region, and a “minor” impact to facilities and cultural resources. All other components studied were listed to have an either negligible or beneficial impact.
The 2014 Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment is open for public comment until Aug. 25. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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