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JBLM to Lose 4,500 Active-Duty Soldiers Over Next Few Years

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TACOMA, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis McChord will lose about 4,500 active-duty soldiers over the next few years.

The U.S. Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the county as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut the size of the service by 80,000 by 2017.

The Army plans to eliminate one of the Stryker brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of the reduction in forces as the war in Afghanistan comes to a close.

Congressman Denny Heck was briefed on the plan Tuesday and announced the 4th Stryker Brigade would be deactivated.
Heck says Lewis-McChord will retain its status as the Army's West Coast force projection base, an important role as national security strategy turns to the Asia-Pacific region.
Heck says about 26,500 soldiers will be station at Lewis-McChord once the reductions are completed in 2017. That compares to 16,300 who were stationed there before Sept. 11, 2001.