Editorial: Proposed Fort Stewart cuts go too far | savannahnow.com

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Jul

Editorial: Proposed Fort Stewart cuts go too far | savannahnow.com

COASTAL GEORGIANS know the importance of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield to their communities. But more importantly, they recognize the importance of this U.S. Army installation to America’s security.

That’s why the latest report from Washington about the Army’s proposed realignment for 2020 is alarming.

If leaders in Washington want to make America less secure as the world is becoming more unstable, they’re doing a bang-up job.

The Army’s the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment shows as many as 16,000 soldiers and Defense Department civilians could be slashed from Fort Stewart if drastic spending cuts are required by further sequestration. That’s not reducing fat. That’s cutting muscle and bone.

About 20,000 soldiers are stationed at the Southeast Georgia base. About 3,000 military civilians support what the soldiers do. This worst-case reduction in force — if it happens — would be devastating.

And Fort Stewart isn’t being singled out either. Nine other major Army installations face similar deep cuts.

No area of federal spending should consider it immune from spending cuts. Government must live within its means — and that includes the military.

At the same time, our nation’s budget shouldn’t be balanced on the back of the military either.

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