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McCaskill, Blunt Respond to Announcement on Troop Levels at Fort Leonard Wood

June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON - Missouri's U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to an announcement by U.S. Army officials that Fort Leonard Wood would see a modest troop reduction over the next several years.

"Fort Leonard Wood is integral to the national security of the United States and the lifeblood of surrounding communities-which is why we have worked together in our roles on the Senate Armed Services Committee to ensure its continued operations. The announced reductions, while significant, could have been far worse, putting our military readiness in jeopardy. We'll continue our strong bipartisan advocacy of Fort Leonard Wood in the future to ensure that its importance to our national security is acknowledged and protected."

McCaskill and Blunt recently sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh expressing their concerns surrounding potential plans to reconfigure the Army's Brigade Combat Teams. The Missouri Senators-who serve together as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee-stressed in the letter that the current co-stationing of U.S. Forces Command units with Fort Leonard Wood's Training and Doctrine Command schools benefits the Army and increases the units' combat effectiveness.

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