Leavenworth Town Hall Meeting- Listening Session
LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS – Fort Leavenworth, in cooperation with local communities, will host a Town Hall, for concerned citizens, regarding the recent findings associated with the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020. The Town Hall listening session, scheduled for Dec 11, 2014, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S Esplanade St, in Leavenworth, will allow concerned individuals to voice their views to a team from the Department of the Army regarding the 15 point study focused on a potential 2500 personnel reduction and the impacts associated with a reduction of this size on the communities surrounding the fort.
As background, the 2013 PEA evaluated 21 Army installations and joint bases where Army force structure changes could result in the inactivation and restructuring of Brigade Combat Teams, or a combined loss of 1,000 or more Army Soldiers and civilian employees during Fiscal Years (FYs) 2013-2020. The impacts of the reductions announced in June 2013 were partially avoided at U.S. installations, because large portions of the reductions were absorbed at overseas bases or occurred through elimination of unstructured end strength. However, with deeper reductions needed to meet projected spending levels, the SPEA evaluated the original 21 installations for greater cuts, as well as an additional nine installations that have the potential to lose 1,000 or more Army employees. Nearly all Army installations will be affected in some way by reductions.
The potential personnel reduction is a result of Sequestration and the Army’s need to reduce personnel strength from 490,000 to 450,000, and possibly as low as 420,000, to meet shrinking operating budgets. These personnel reductions would affect both military and civilian positions. The SPEA assessed Fort Leavenworth, 1750 permanent military positions and 750 Department of the Army Civilians positions. These numbers are subject to fluctuate based on changes to Sequestration and further analysis of personnel reductions.
After reviewing the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment, as well as the comments received during the 60-day public review period, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-3/5/7 signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI). The SPEA assessed the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of potential reductions to active component Soldiers and Army civilians at 30 installations. The FNSI concludes that there will be no significant environmental impacts (other than socio-economic impacts) and that the preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required.
The FNSI and final SPEA may be accessed at: http://aec.army.mil/Services/Support/NEPA/Documents.aspx.
A short presentation from the Army team will open the Town Hall and then attendees will be asked to address their questions to the team. Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier, Jr, Director of Force Management with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff G3/5/7 is currently leading the listening team. The Fort Leavenworth command team will be present for the Town Hall with Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, Commanding General for the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and Col. Timothy Wulff, Garrison Commander.
Again, this is an open public listening session. Those planning to attend are asked to arrive early so the event can begin promptly. People or organizations requiring further information can contact Ms. Melissa Bower, Leavenworth Public Information Officer, at (913) 680-2610 or email@example.com or Ms. Jennifer Daly, President of the Leavenworth/Lansing Chamber of Commerce (913) 682-4112 or Jennifer@llchamber.com
Media planning to attend should contact Mr. Stephen Nolan, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, at (913) 684-2026 or firstname.lastname@example.org