Columbus to protest reduction in Army force

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 02:11:21-05

 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.