U.S. Army secretary in Afghanistan

Col. William Benson, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, walks with Secretary of the Army John McHugh, left, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi on June 20 in Afghanistan. McHugh met with the Afghan National Army, 201st Corps commander and the U.S. military advisers to discuss the progress of the 201st Corps. The 4th Brigade is one of 12 brigades the Army will cut by 2017 as it reorganizes and lowers its total force by 80,000 soldiers. Fort Hood is set to lose 2,900 soldiers as the 4th Brigade and other unknown units are inactivated. However, the post will keep four brigade combat teams after 2017 — the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Brigades and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment — the most of any Army installation.

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