Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Possible Fort Riley Cuts to Be Discussed ; Meeting Slated on Installation's Future Feb. 9 in Junction City

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Possible Fort Riley Cuts to Be Discussed ; Meeting Slated on Installation's Future Feb. 9 in Junction City

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Fort Riley is among the U.S. Army installations facing possible troop reductions as the result of sequestration and the Army's directive to reduce overall personnel strength to meet shrinking operating budgets.

The reductions, which will affect both military and civilian positions, will cut personnel from 490,000 to 450,000, and possibly as low as 420,000, by 2020.

"Fort Riley is one of 30 Army installations across the U.S. facing possible troop reductions -- as many as 16,000 here -- mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011," a news release issued by Fort Riley's Public Affairs Office said.

A U.S. Army Community Listening Session about the potential personnel reductions and the future of Fort Riley is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Geary County Convention Center, 310 Hammons Drive in Junction City. The session is open to the public, and those planning to attend are asked to arrive early so the event can begin promptly.

The town hall-like meeting will focus on the fiscal impact of reducing Army manpower at the military base, which is the home for the 1st Infantry Division.

Allen Dickel, city manager of Junction City, said he will be part of a group of city and county officials who are planning to make a presentation at the listening session. He said it's "hard to tell" how much impact troop reductions would have on the region.

"As a community, we're always concerned about population loss," he said. "The community, which is really a 30-mile radius of Fort Riley, has done a super job of forming a partnership with the military base."

An economic impact summary compiled by Fort Riley indicates the military base's economic impact on the Central Flint Hills Region is $1.63 billion for fiscal year 2014. The region includes Clay, Saline, Dickinson, Riley, Geary, Morris, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties. …

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