Listening sessions set for Monday

FT. WAINWRIGHT, AK -- The Army is holding listening sessions at Fort Wainwright and JBER this month to hear what community leaders think about future force reductions and restructuring that could impact their areas.

The Fairbanks session will take place April 22 at Fort Wainwright's Last Frontier Community Center at 7 p.m.

The Army must reduce and reorganize its force structure in order to achieve the fiscal reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and to remain consistent with Defense Strategy.

To accomplish this, Army officials are currently analyzing all available options.  At this time no decisions have been made; however, officials anticipate with an Active Component reduction of 80,000 Soldiers (from a 2010 high of 570,000 to 490,000 by the end of FY 2017) that many Army installations will be impacted.

The listening sessions are designed to enable community leaders to provide their concerns and unique perspectives on topics regarding the communities they represent. The Army will use community input to help mitigate, as much as possible, the impact on local communities.

These force structure changes are not related to sequestration. As the President's 2014 Budget is released and the impacts of sequestration are continually assessed, additional force structure reductions may be needed.