- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Army officials were told that widespread troop cuts at Fort Lee would be devastating to a community that depends on the base economically and culturally.

Media outlets report that a group of about 100 Petersburg-area residents delivered the message Thursday night at Fort Lee’s Army Logistics University. Army officials hosted what they called a “listening session” to give residents a chance to share their thoughts on potential cuts that could result in more than $338 million in lost sales in the area.

The Army is considering realignments and cuts at 30 installations across the country. Nearly 2,800 soldiers and more than 700 Army civilians at Fort Lee could lose their jobs.

Col. Karl Konzelman, one of the officers hosting the meeting, said a final decision is expected by early summer.

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