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Columbus to protest reduction in Army force

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 07:47:35-05

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Columbus officials are protesting a plan that could trim the number of soldiers in a Fort Benning unit.

The military presence is a major driver of the local economy.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ( ) reports that Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the city council are expected to approve a resolution Tuesday opposing any reductions in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The move comes a week after the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce asked residents to voice their concerns on the possible cuts. A new Army plan calls for reducing the service from 562,000 to 490,000 soldiers.

Losing the brigade at Fort Benning could affect an estimated 7,100 jobs.