Army Numbers to Shrink, but Not at Fort Wainwright

The U.S. Army will cut its numbers in the next six years but increase them at a Fairbanks post.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Army will cut its numbers in the next six years but increase them at a Fairbanks post.

Documents provided to the Alaska delegation indicate Fort Wainwright's 6,300-soldier population will increase by 552.

The soldiers would be assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and add engineer and command capability.

The Army says it's cutting its numbers from 570,000 soldiers in 2012 to 490,000 by 2019.

The plan calls for 10 other bases to lose brigade combat teams.

Fort Richardson in Anchorage is projected to lose 16 percent of its numbers, or 894 soldiers.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the Army decision is good for Fairbanks.

He says Alaska overall will lose far fewer soldiers than many other states.

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