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Daly: Cuts will have minimal impact on Redstone Arsenal

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The Army will cut 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilian employees from its payroll, according to a Department of the Army memo release. 

Army Material Command Deputy Chief of Staff, Brig. General Edward Daly says there will be minimal impacts to Redstone Arsenal and Army Materiel command. There will be less of an impact due to prudent planning by officials.

Daly said that the army feels they can achieve the civilian cuts through natural attrition and voluntary retirement.

Daly added that the Arsenal is committed to taking care of employees and their families.

“We're not going to be giving pink slips to individuals and saying you need to turn around and go home,” said Daly.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said his office has closely followed the Army in recent years and wasn’t surprised by the announcement.

"I don't even think we can say that we're going to lose jobs right now,” said Battle.  “We make the army more efficient. And by making them more efficient you can do more with less. That efficiency that we bring to the Army right now means that Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal will probably do very well through this next budget cycle." 

The Department of Defense says the cuts will impact nearly every Army installation, both in the continental United States and overseas. It’s unclear how or if these cuts impact Redstone Arsenal.

Redstone officials say, there are 1,000 military personnel and 12,000 Army civilians employed at the Arsenal. There are also 27,000 other people who work at the installation, such as Air Force or NASA personnel and other contractors. Those people are unaffected by the Army cuts. 

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In part, the memo states:

The reduction of force structure will occur in fiscal years 2016 and 2017; the reduction of 40,000 end strength will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2018, and will be accompanied by the reduction of 17,000 Department of the Army Civilian employees.

The Army says they will convert both the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, GA and the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK into smaller units—maneuver battalion task forces—by the end of fiscal year 2017. While brigade combat teams consist of approximately 4,000 soldiers, these battalion task forces will be comprised of approximately 1,050 soldiers.

The cuts would reduce the size of the regular Army from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000. 

“Budget constraints are forcing us to reduce the Total Army,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7. “These were very difficult decisions to make as all of our installations and their communities offer tremendous value to our Army and the nation. In the end, we had to make decisions based on a number of strategic factors, to include readiness impacts, mission command and cost.”

Abner Merriweather, union representative for the Redstone chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, told WAFF 48 on Thursday that he heard from a three-star general that the Army will not announce details on where the 17,000 civilian cuts will be made until September. 

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