A new Army report says Fort Gordon and Georgia could lose thousands of additional military jobs beyond current downsizing plans if Washington imposes future automatic budget cuts, though officials who keep a close watch on the state’s bases say they doubt such severe cutbacks will actually happen.
The report issued last week outlines the Army’s hypothetical, worst-case predictions for job losses at 30 bases across the U.S., including three in Georgia. It shows Fort Stewart near Savannah could lose up to 16,000 soldiers and civilian workers — more than three-fourths of its current workforce. In addition, Fort Benning in Columbus could shed as many as 10,800 jobs and Fort Gordon in Augusta faces up to 4,600 positions being axed.
All combined, the Army says, the cutbacks could cost Georgia $1.7 billion in lost annual income.