Troop reduction could benefit Fort Bliss

Troop reduction could benefit Fort Bliss

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 11:10am


The U.S. Army has a new mission: to cut down the number of troops across the board, meaning thousands of job losses for our men and women in uniform.

"No installation throughout the world really, where the Army has a presence, will be spared," said Congressman Beto O'Rourke.

But Fort Bliss and El Paso actually stand to benefit, said O'Rourke.

He, along with Fort Bliss officials, El Paso city leaders, Las Cruces city leaders, Chaparral city leaders, State Representatives, and local business leaders from the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce made their case to representatives from Dept. of the Army and Dept. of Defense Monday, that Fort Bliss should take on troops forced to leave their posts due to consolidations within the army.

Another influx of soldiers could help the local economy, said O'Rourke.`

"We're hopeful that out of this process Fort Bliss will come out a net winner and will move forward with this great relationship between El paso and Fort Bliss," he said.

Army leaders announced they will have to reduce troops from 570,000 to 490,000.

Tuesday, Fort Bliss representatives will hold a press conference announcing the results from their meeting.

That will take place at 11 a.m. at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, 10 Civic Center Plaza.

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Ms Alvarez - I would like to know which Chaparral city leaders you interviewed for this report. Chaparral is an unincorporated 'village' and as such has no 'city' leaders.

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