Fort Campbell, Ky. will lose approximately 360 troops due to army budget cuts according to a statement from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
This loss is around one percent of the total Fort Campbell troop population, and is less than the previously expected loss of thousands of Fort Campbell troops and civilian positions.
These cuts will be achieved through the deactivation of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) company from the 52nd EOD Group, a reduction in the size of the 101st Division Headquarters and other small training and base support reductions, according to Volesky.
Volesky was not the only one relieved at the considerably smaller than expected troop loss with APSU’s President Alisa White expressing her gratitude to Fort Campbell on her personal Twitter account.
— Alisa R White (@APSUPresWhite) July 9, 2015
This decision comes after a public listening session intended to gauge public opinion on the Army sequestration was held at Fort Campbell on Jan. 20 to which more than 1,500 people attended to voice their opinions and another 1,600 live streamed over the internet. The event became large enough that there were reportedly hundreds of people who were turned away at the gates due to lack of space.
Volesky expressed relief that Fort Campbell’s loss was smaller than expected saying, “We couldn’t do what we do without each and every one of you.”
Volesky also thanked those who are indirectly involved in Fort Campbell’s success.
“Thank you to all who continue to make Fort Campbell the best installation in our Army,” said Volesky. “I ask that you continue to support our great Soldiers and their Families.”