Ft Carson Losing Combat Brigade Of 3,800 Soldiers

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FORT CARSON, Colo. Fort Carson is losing one of its large combat units with about 3,800 soldiers.

Officials said Tuesday the Fort Carson brigade will be one of 12 being inactivated at 12 installations in the U.S. and Europe.

Fort Carson will still be a major Army post, with three other combat brigade teams, an artillery brigade, a sustainment brigade and a new combat infantry brigade.

This afternoon a Ft. Carson official confirmed that a brigade is being inactivated, but they did not confirm which brigade.

This news does not mean all 3,800 soldiers will lose their jobs or be transferred to other bases. Army officials at Ft. Carson say they are still working out the details and that more information will be available later today.

Comments released this afternoon by Congressman Doug Lamborn indicate that all but 750 of those soldiers at Ft. Carson will remain assigned to the mountain post and be re-assigned to other missions.

Lamborn also said that the Army actually anticipates Ft. Carson to increase in size by 1,800 active duty Army personnel.

Next week the 4th Combat Aviation brigade will officially be activated. The 4th CAB will bring dozens of helicopters and thousands of soldiers to Ft. Carson.

Overall, the Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the county as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut the size of the service by 80,000.

Officials say the massive restructuring plans would eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the U.S. by 2017. The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.

Combat brigade units will be removed from the following bases: Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Two brigades stationed at Baumholder and Grafenwoehr, Germany, will complete their inactivation in 2013.

We will bring you the latest information on soldiers at Ft. Carson as soon as it becomes available.

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