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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB/AP) -- Both Fort Knox and Fort Campbell in Kentucky would lose a combat brigade as the Army moves forward with its long-standing move to cut the size of the service by 80,000.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the decision will likely remove nearly 10,000 military employees and dependents from the area. "While I understand that the Departments of the Army and Defense must adjust to the current budget realities, this decision seems to focus on shorter term savings at the expense of longer term readiness," the governor said in a news release.
The Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33 and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country.
Officials say the massive restructuring plans would eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the U.S. by 2017. Besides the losses at the two Kentucky posts, brigades will also be eliminated at Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.
Officials provided details on the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The Army is being reduced from a high of about 570,000 during the Iraq war to 490,000.