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Feb 22, 2013 6:10 PM by JD Downing

Fort Carson cuts would affect training

(AP) - Fort Carson says it would have to curtail training for soldiers who aren't getting ready to deploy if mandatory spending cuts take effect next week.

Lt. Col. Armando Hernandez, a senior spokesman for the post outside Colorado Springs, said Friday the Army would also delay repairing or replacing some vehicles.

Hernandez says the cuts wouldn't affect any units that are deployed or preparing to deploy.

About 2,000 soldiers from Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team are currently deploying to Kuwait. No plans have been announced to deploy any other soldiers from the post.

The Defense Department has portrayed the impending cuts as deep and damaging to military readiness. It has also said thousands of civilian workers - including more than 10,000 in Colorado - could face intermittent unpaid furloughs.

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