Local leaders rally against plan to cut half of Fort Leavenworth staff

The U.S. Army has proposed cutting 2,500 civilian and military positions at Forth Leavenworth. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army
The U.S. Army has proposed cutting 2,500 civilian and military positions at Forth Leavenworth. | Courtesy of the U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is exploring a plan that would cut military and civilian personnel at Fort Leavenworth from 5,000 to 2,500 and, local officials say, would have a huge effect on the area economy. The fort, located on the western edge of the Kansas City metro area in Leavenworth, Kan., has an annual economic impact of $2.3 billion, according to a group that promotes economic development in the area.

Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger is working with organizations like Kansas City’s Mid-America Regional Council as he pushes for less substantial cuts to the base’s headcount.

“The potential effect on the economy, not only in Leavenworth but across the entire metro area, is huge,” Preisinger said.

The Mid-America Regional Council will be briefed on the plan at a meeting Thursday at 1:30 p.m at MARC headquarters. The Army is accepting public comment on the force-reduction plan through Aug. 25.

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