- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - Fort Drum will lose only 28 soldiers as part of broader troop reductions at military installations nationwide.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office confirmed the size of the troop reduction Thursday. Schumer says that compared to the possibility of seeing hundreds or thousands of personnel leave the base, the loss of 28 soldiers is a “victory for Fort Drum and the whole North Country.”

Fort Drum is home to more than 19,000 active-duty military personnel, along with nearly 20,000 family members and 4,700 civilian workers.

The Army plans to reduce its active-duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 within two years.

Schumer says the relatively minor cuts at Fort Drum show its importance to the Army’s future.

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