- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) - The Fort Leonard Wood Army base in south-central Missouri is expected to lose 1,000 soldiers by October 2015.

Base spokeswoman Tiffany Wood confirmed the cuts to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bORfSF ). She says it is part of budget cuts throughout the U.S. military.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, who oversees Fort Leonard Wood, discussed the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. Wood says Army officials told base leadership two weeks ago about the cutbacks.

About 7,000 uniformed personnel work at Fort Leonard Wood, along with 12,000 military personnel there for training and 9,000 civilian employees.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com