Jan 25, 2012 7:24 PM by Sharon Knight

Rep. Lamborn responds to Army announcement

Rep. Doug Lamborn serves on the House Armed Services Committe. Late this afternoon, he released this statement on the Army's plan to reduce brigades by up to 30 percent:

"The Obama Administration's plan to dramatically reduce the size of our Army is deeply troubling. It would be unwise and premature to speculate at this point how Fort Carson may or may not be affected. Unfortunately, to date, the Administration has been tight lipped about any specific force restructuring decisions that are inevitable given the size of cuts the President has mandated.

"These cuts put our nation at greater risk. We owe it to the American people to place the defense of this nation first. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that national security and not budgets drive our defense policies.

"According to the most recent briefings with senior Army leaders, plans to bring an additional 2,700 troops to Fort Carson in 2014 as part of a new combat aviation brigade are still on track. Fort Carson is still set to get $238.6 million for the first phase of construction in support of the new 13th Combat Aviation Brigade."

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