Odierno Visits Fort Riley As Troop Cuts Loom

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno says the military's investment in installations and the condition of training facilities will be factors as the Army reduces its forces.

Speaking to reporters Friday at Fort Riley, Odierno says the Army has made no decisions about which units will be cut beyond two brigades in Europe. However, he says the reduction of 80,000 soldiers over six years gives the Army flexibility in how the cuts are managed.

Fort Riley is home to 18,000 soldiers. The northeast Kansas post has been adding buildings since the 1st Infantry Division headquarters returned from Germany. The Army has invested more than $2 billion in new barracks, training areas and other support
buildings.

Odierno also met Friday with soldiers training for an upcoming Afghanistan deployment.


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