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City of Hinesville reacts to Fort Stewart reduction

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Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards
HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Elected officials with the city of Hinesville were shocked Tuesday afternoon to hear the Army plans to scale back the number of troops at Fort Stewart.

Fort Stewart will lose one of its three combat brigades by 2017, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. This amounts to approximately 1,400 troops.

Fort Stewart was not targeted for cuts, instead, every installation with two or more Brigade Combat Teams will lose one.

Any drastic changes at Fort Stewart have a ripple effect on the entire community, and this restructuring will do exactly that by the time it rolls around.

Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards said the news came as a huge surprise.

"Well we're disappointed, we know that Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield is the premiere power projection of the Army. So, we really were in a position were we thought we would gain as a result of this. So, we were really not expecting an announcement like this in this point of time, period."

Fort Stewart is one of 10 posts set to lose troops in the restructuring.

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