Meeting to discuss proposed Fort Leonard Wood personnel cuts

5 years 4 days 20 hours ago Saturday, February 21 2015 Feb 21, 2015 Saturday, February 21, 2015 8:46:33 AM CST February 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) - A town hall meeting is planned for next month to discuss the possibility of up to 5,400 personnel cuts at Fort Leonard Wood.

During the March 2 meeting at Nutter Field House, a nonprofit group called the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership will promote the south-central Missouri installation to Army leaders. The Army is planning to downsize from a war-time high of 570,000 to as few as 420,000 personnel by 2020.

If the 5,400 Fort Leonard Wood jobs are shed, an Army analysis has estimated that the region could lose up to $318.2 million in annual sales and 13,388 people.

Fort Leonard Wood already is set to lose 1,200 positions by year's end. Those cuts would count toward the total number of jobs the fort would need to slash.

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