180 jobs to be cut at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, SC (WACH) - Major General Roger Cloutier called a press conference Thursday to discuss the effects that nationwide military budget cuts will have on the Fort Jackson community.

Gen. Cloutier said that due to the value of the Fortâ??s mission in providing combat training for over 50% of the army, the cuts on his staff will be minimal.

Cloutier says the effects on the community will be non-existent, but he will remember the families of those 180, as they make the transition from the fort.

â??There are no winners because we got another round of cuts. Our army is getting smaller and we have to plan and we have to think our way through it because itâ??s the law,â?? said Cloutier.

This law was handed down today by the Department of the Army, who is now tasked with reducing the active component of the army from 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of the 2017 fiscal year.

"The fact that weâ??re looking at such minimal cuts when cities like ours across the nation are losing thousands of soldiers speaks volumes about this community and our support of Fort Jackson. I couldnâ??t be more proud and I want to thank everyone who worked so hard on this successful effort to protect our base. Victory starts here at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC,â?? said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

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