Fort Leonard Wood to Lose 885 Personnel
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to cut 885 active duty personnel at Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri. But that's a significantly smaller reduction than what some had feared.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the reduction announced Tuesday is a "substantially more positive result for Missouri" than the cut of 3,900 uniformed personnel that the Army had considered.
U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt issued a joint statement calling it a modest reduction that could have been far worse.
The reduction would leave Fort Leonard Wood with more than 5,000 personnel. It's part of a plan to reduce forces nationally by 80,000 soldiers.
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents the area, said she was pleased Army officials listened to community members who had expressed concerns about the potentially larger cuts.