Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Army Cuts 363 Soldiers from Fort Campbell

The Army has announced the details of its plan to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years and it calls for Fort Campbell’s personnel to be reduced by 363 soldiers.

That number is far less than some potential scenarios. One called for as many as 16,000 soldiers to be cut from the base on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says he’d rather the base not lose any of its 26,000 soldiers, but says he’s happy with the decision.

“We’re thankful that it was not any worse," adds Tribble.  "Honestly, I think it shows the Department of Defense, the Pentagon, the people making these decisions understand what a great thing we have at Fort Campbell.”

A larger reduction could have been a major blow to the community in the wake of the Pentagon’s decision last year to deactivate the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade – a move that lowered the base’s active population by 24,000 soldiers.