As comment deadline passes, decision on troop cuts looms

By Brady Bauman

Monday was the deadline for concerned citizens in the Riley County region to send emails and letters to the U.S. military in support of Fort Riley as a possible reduction in troops draws nearer.

John Armbrust, the executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council, told regional leaders at Monday’s intergovernmental luncheon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus that support from the area has been tremendous.

“I just want to publicly thank everyone for that kind of support,” Armbrust said. “That type of feedback goes a long way.”

Armbrust said the timetable for any sort of answer on troop reductions and at what scale won’t be known for another year and that the military would tour communities before then and hold public forums to hear from those affected by any possible changes to their respective military installations.

The latest study shows a reduction of 16,000 jobs at Fort Riley as a possible worst-case scenario. Armbrust said just because it is an extreme example doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.

“That number is feasible if we don’t do our job. But I think we’ve been doing the right things.”

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