2 Army posts in Ky. to lose combat brigades

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, both in Kentucky, are each going to lose an active duty combat brigade under a restructuring plan announced by the U.S. Army.
   
The brigades that will be eliminated by 2017 are the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which is currently deployed to Afghanistan, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which is Fort Knox's only combat brigade.
   
Fort Campbell sits on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Robert Jenkins, a Fort Campbell spokesman, said Tuesday that the community should not necessarily expect a mass exodus of troops because the soldiers in the deactivated brigades would be transferred to other units.
   
A brigade is usually about 3,500 soldiers.

Earlier story:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. 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, including in Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Kansas and Washington.  The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades.
   
Officials provided details on the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
   
The Army is being reduced from a high of about 570,000 during the Iraq war to 490,000.

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