Fort Benning and Columbus not only dodged a bullet Tuesday, with the U.S. Department of Army announcing long-awaited troop and unit cuts. But the installation looks to actually pick up about 76 jobs after the smoke settles.
At stake after several months of intense scrutiny was the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and its 3,850 soldiers, along with 3,200 civilian workers. Nearly 7,100 jobs in all on post were potentially on the chopping block as the drama unfolded.
“We never went in there and said this will have a tremendous economic impact, please don’t do that,” said Gary Jones, an economic development and military affairs executive at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, describing the strategy taken by local city leaders in meeting Army officials.