Joint Base Lewis-McChord will lose about 4,500 active-duty soldiers over the next few years, The News Tribune reports, as part of an overall Army reduction of force following the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Tribune originally reported the number as 9,000 soldiers.
Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., released a statement Tuesday that the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at JBLM will be deactivated as part of the changes.
“I have been closely following these changes over the past six months and was not surprised by this news. Given the large size of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it was difficult to imagine a scenario where its force size was not reduced,” said Heck.
Heck said the moves were mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and are not related to sequestration.
Heck said JBLM will have 26,500 active-duty soldiers once the changes are complete in 2017. That’s over 10,000 more than were stationed there before Sept. 11, 2001.
Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno is scheduled to attend a Town Hall meeting with soldiers, families and civilians at JBLM Wednesday.