Task Force Discuss Possible Military Reductions

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Military Base Task Force for our state met Wednesday to discuss the possible impact of another round of sequestration cuts as the military is reducing its size.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the military size to about 490,000 soldiers.

Retired Major General George Goldsmith, who is a task force committee member, says the worst case scenario for the 2016 fiscal year is that Fort Jackson could lose 3,100 soldiers and civilian employees. He says the base is one of 30 being evaluated for reduction.

"That's the worst case scenario, and you have to plan for that, and what we do'nt want to do is to alarm people that Ft. Jackson is going to lose 3,100 people if they do reimpliment sequestration, but that is a possibility," Goldsmith said.

Goldsmith says Ft. Jackson is trying to become the country's premiere training installation, so that if major cuts did happen it may not negatively impact Ft. Jackson.


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