- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - An Army planning document discusses the possibility of cutting active-duty soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord that would leave the base with 16,000 soldiers fewer than its peak strength in 2011.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/UQBiUG ) if all the cuts take place over the next three years it would erase a decade of growth and leave Lewis-McChord t with fewer soldiers than it had before the Army built up Stryker brigades for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army says the planning document gives it options for a post-war drawdown and final decisions have not yet been made.

Lewis-McChord currently has about 41,000 military service members, including Reserves. About 27,700 are active-duty soldiers. The base also has more than 15,000 civilian employees.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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