- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the Army is proposing a cut of 2,600 paratrooper positions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Berkowitz in a statement Wednesday says he disagrees with the proposed reduction of the Alaska-based soldiers, which is part of a nationwide plan to reduce the size of the Army by 40,000 soldiers to about 450,000 total.

Berkowitz says the cuts at the Anchorage base threaten the nation’s Arctic capabilities and the ability to respond in the Asia-Pacific theater.

Anchorage’s new mayor says he’s contacted the Department of Defense to investigate local aid options and to analyze the impact from the loss of 2,600 positions. He also plans to create a working group to find strategies to best assist affected troop members and their families.

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