Fort Carson to potentially lose more than 4,000 soldiers

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The US Army announced on Friday, March 30 that it plans on converting Fort Carson’s existing Second Infantry Brigade Combat Team to a 16th Armored Brigade Combat Team.
    
“What we are doing is, we need to plus up our armored brigade, based on the current threats and so this is one infantry brigade that will be converted,” said Cathy Kropp, Environmental PA Specialist.

The Army said the decision comes after an environmental assessment. However, where this new brigade will be located is still unknown. The Army says it can either stay in Fort Carson or move to one of four other posts including: Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Riley or Fort Stewart, Georgia.

“Fort Carson represents a lot of who we are in Colorado Springs, said Bob Lally, Chairman of the Legacy Committee and Military Affairs Council in Colorado Springs. “They come to our schools and go to our grocery stores.”

If the Army decides to move the brigade, 4,000 soldiers and their families would be leaving the area.

“If the unit is stationed at one of the other four potential locations, than Fort Carson would have a loss of that many people,” said Kropp.

A final decision has yet to be made. In the meantime, Lally urges folks to raise their voice and let the Army know, Fort Carson should be home to the new armored brigade.

“We need to be very proactive, in fact, we need to have strong positive comments not only from a military affairs council, from the city, and mayor.” said Lally. 

Comments will be accepted until April 29, 2018.

Submit written comments to: U.S. Army Environmental Command, ATTN: Public Comments, 2450 Connell Road (Building 2264), Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664; or email: usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil.

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