- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An engineering unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has already been deactivated as part of the Army’s national effort to shrink its force.

KSKA-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1JFvukh) the 23rd Engineer Company’s deactivation is part of a larger Army effort that could withdraw as many as 11,000 troops from Alaska.

Captain A. Edward Major says the group serves a unique purpose within the Army. Years ago soldiers built a playground in the shape of Alaska on the base, and they returned six months ago from Afghanistan where they looked for roadside bombs.

Major says the restructuring is about putting more resources where they’re needed, and seeing where the Army can afford to cut back. The soldiers under his command were assigned to other units, and Major is on his way to West Point.

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Information from: KSKA-FM, https://www.kska.org

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