Fort Bliss, Fort Hood each Losing 1 Brigade

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FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) Fort Bliss and Fort Hood each are losing a 4,000-soldier brigade as part of massive U.S. Army restructuring, but neither Texas Army post is losing that many soldiers, Army officials said Tuesday.

Maj. Joe Buccino, a Fort Bliss spokesman, says he thinks the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, part of the 1st Armored Division, will be eliminated.

Because of reorganization and some additions, the net loss will be about 1,000 soldiers, a 3 percent reduction in troops at Fort Bliss, according to the Army. Details on the cut and its effect on the community were to be released Wednesday at the post near El Paso, where some 33,000 soldiers are stationed.

Army leaders said Tuesday that they will slash the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, moving forward with a longtime plan to reduce the size of the service by 80,000. The changes would eliminate brigades at 10 Army posts in eight states by 2017.

At Fort Hood in Central Texas, officials said the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team known as "Long Knife," part of the 1st Cavalry Division, will be cut. They said the net loss will be 2,900, a 7 percent reduction in the number of troops there. About 46,500 soldiers are currently stationed at Fort Hood, about 60 miles north of Austin.

"The Army will reinvest significant portions of inactivated units to achieve the reorganization of our brigade combat teams which will make them more versatile, agile and capable by adding a third maneuver battalion and by adding engineers and artillery capacity," Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, Fort Hood senior commander, said in a statement Tuesday.