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Ft. Lee Could Lose Half Its Soldiers Under New Plans

Fort Lee could lose half of its permanently assigned soldiers and Army civilians by 2020 according to a report just released by the Army. The projections are part of an Army review of possible realighments across the country as it seeks to reduce its standing army from 562 thousand to as few as 420 thousand by 2020.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says it could cripple nearby businesses and possibly force teacher layoffs in Prince George County, where one third of their students have military parents. The US Army Environmental Command says up to 2,792 soldiers and 746 Army civilians could see their jobs disappear at Ft. Lee if the cuts materialise.

Final decisions have not been made. Army leaders will hold public meetings in communities to hear from residents and business owners before moving ahead with the cuts that could take place between 2015 and 2020.