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Kansas Posts Spared As Army Announces Cuts

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says Kansas has been largely spared in the Army's plans to cut active-duty troops over the next two years, with Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth slated to lose fewer than 700 soldiers.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army announced plans to reduce its active-duty force by 40,000, or about 8 percent over the next two years. The cuts will impact nearly every Army installation, both in the continental United States and overseas.

In Kansas, Fort Leavenworth will lose 60 troop positions. Fort Riley will lose 615.

Together, the bases have about 19,300 soldiers, so the reductions are about 3.5 percent.

In a release, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran said Kansas officials feared Fort Riley would lose a brigade, or 4,000 soldiers, along with thousands of civilian employees.

The Army did not provide post-by-post figures for reductions in civilian employees, though it said it would trim their numbers by 17,000.

Gov. Sam Brownback reportedly said that while "no cuts may be preferable," others installations across the country fared far worse.

UPDATE: U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo from Kansas has released a statement responding to the cuts.