FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Some troubling news for Fort Riley came down from the U.S. Army Environmental Command on Thursday.
In order to meet the goal of 420,000 soldiers by 2020, Fort Riley may lose some 16,000 soldiers and civilian personnel -- from the 19,995 estimated to be there in 2011.
More significantly, it would leave Fort Riley with just under 4,000 Army and civilian personnel.
An Army public information spokesperson tells 13News that all Army installations are affected because the Budget Control Act of 2011 specified the Army having 420,000 personnel by 2020.
"The Department of Defense has invested millions in Ft. Riley over the last few years -- from housing and schools, to infrastructure and state-of-the-art training facilities," said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). "This is because the Big Red One is vital to our national defense."
" I will work on behalf the soldiers of the Big Red One who are a critical part of the U.S. Army and the Junction City Community," he added.
Fort Leavenworth is also getting bad news it's installation could go from 5,000 to 2,500 by fiscal year 2020.
The Army is quick to say this is a worse case scenario or in Army terms "Lowest Potential Fiscal 2020" population.
If you are interested in contacting officials about these possible reductions:
U.S. ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL
ATTN: SPEA PUBLIC COMMENTS
2450 CONNELL ROAD (BLDG 2264)
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT
SAM HOUSTON, TX 78234-7664
Posted by: Nick Viviani