WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today regarding the United States Army’s announcement of force strength reductions at bases across the country including Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley:
“Unfortunately, constrained defense spending has forced the Army to make difficult decisions. However, it is evident the Army understands the contributions Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley make to our national security given the minimal reduction of Kansas soldiers.
“Through constant, high-level engagements with Army leadership on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon, and back home in Junction City – with an unparalleled turnout of Kansans during the Listening Session in February – our state has clearly demonstrated support for our service members and their families. I am pleased Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley survived this significant challenge, but will continue to work to make certain the Army does not pursue additional reductions. Additionally, I will work to ensure the Department of Defense has the resources necessary to train and equip our soldiers to defend our country and safeguard Americans.”
Fort Leavenworth will lose 60 troop positions between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2017, and Fort Riley will lose 615 troop positions between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2017.
Between fiscal year 2001 and fiscal year 2017, Fort Riley will have grown 57 percent including the loss of 615 positions.