** FILE ** In this Sep. 16, 2008 file photo, Gen. Ray Odierno listens to a question during a press briefing at camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. American troops will move into southern Iraq early next year to replace departing British forces, Odierno, the top U.S. general in Iraq said. The news came as Iraq's parliament rejected a draft law requiring all foreign troops other than Americans to depart before the end of July 2009. Britain says its 4,000 troops will withdraw from the southern port city of Basra by the end of May.(AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, Pool)
FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno
is meeting with soldiers and the media at Fort Riley amid questions
about how deep cuts in Pentagon spending will affect the Kansas
Fort Riley is the home of 18,000 soldiers and the Army's 1st
Odierno is visiting the division on Friday to assess how its
headquarters has been training for an upcoming deployment to
Afghanistan. He is expected to face questions about the future
The post has seen its soldier population grow by about 50
percent since 2001 as the Army added troops to fight two wars.
Since 2005, the Army has invested more than $1 billion on new
construction to add barracks, training sites and other support
buildings to handle the influx of soldiers and families.