Community Forum Being Held To Help Avoid Drastic Fort Gordon Cuts

The Department of the Army
has some big fiscal reductions to make in the near future, but they'll have to
reduce and reorganize to do so.  These requirements
are due to the Budget Control Act of 2011. 
Now the Department of the Army is turning to the local communities that
could be affected, to get their input on where the cuts should be made.  WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has
more.

The community listening
sessions, as they are being called, will be held at 29 different Army
installations across the country.  The
Department of the Army started the initiative after it was announced they have
to reduce the size of active duty soldiers by 80,000 by the year 2017.  The sessions are the Army's attempt to make
sure that military communities, like Fort Gordon, get some input in the
decision making process. 

“It's especially
important here in a place where the community provides so much support to Fort
Gordon that our neighbors have the opportunity to provide this kind of input to
the Department of the Army before they make decisions that may affect our
neighbors,” said J.C. Matthews, Public Affairs Officer at Fort Gordon. 

“We need people to
come out and voice their opinions and really to show support for our military,
I think it's the right thing to do so I would hope we would have a big crowd,”
said Augusta Mayor, Deke Copenhaver.  “We're
fortunate to have such a strong relationship between the city and the Fort and
I would just encourage people to come out and take this opportunity.”

The listening session will
be held Thursday, 12pm – 2pm at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater.  Representatives from the Department of the
Army will be at the sessions and will put together a comprehensive report based
off of the feedback they hear.  It's
still too early to know when the final decisions will be made but it's
important to note that no decisions have been made just yet.

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