Elected officials, concerned citizens urge Army from cutting 5,400 jobs

Missouri’s top elected officials, more than a quarter of the state legislature and some 2,000 additional Missourians were on hand Monday at Fort Leonard Wood to encourage the Army not to cut 5,400 jobs at the mid-Missouri base by 2020.

Sen. Roy Blunt said Fort Leonard Wood is Missouri’s fifth largest employer, with more than 36,000 direct and indirect jobs tied to the base.

Sen. Claire McCaskill touted the fort as an efficient investment, saying it’s “the least expensive in direct costs for training for any of the facilities in the country.” Cutting costs by cutting jobs at a cost-efficient base, she said, doesn’t make sense.

But 5,400 job cuts are the plan, as part of an overall elimination of 70,000 jobs by the Army.

The fort is already losing 1,200 jobs as part of a different round of cuts. A decision on the proposed 5,400 cuts is expected later this year.

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