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Army lays out state-by-state cuts in report

Feb. 19, 2013 - 06:21PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 - 06:21PM  |  
The Army outlined how much automatic budget cuts would cost each state in a new report.
The Army outlined how much automatic budget cuts would cost each state in a new report. (Army)
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The Army estimates automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will have a $15 billion economic impact and affect more than 300,000 jobs nationwide, according to documents obtained by USA Today.

Hardest hit states include Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Among the least affected: Delaware, Wyoming, Montana and Rhode Island.

The military faces $500 billion in budget cuts over 10 years from sequestration — automatic budget cuts. The Army anticipates that it will need to slash $18 billion in spending by the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30.

"It reaffirms what we have continued to say about the serious implications that sequestration will have on our national defense and broader economic well-being," said Mike Amato, a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

The cuts will affect every Army installation, according to the documents. States with large bases and military contractors are taking the biggest hits.

Texas, for instance, would face a $2.4 billion economic loss from the Army's budget cuts. Nearly 30,000 Army civilian employees will be furloughed if the cuts go into effect. They will lose $180 million in pay.

States losing more than $100 million:

• Texas is home to Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, two of the Army's largest posts, and one of the Defense Department's largest hospitals. That state faces a $2.4 billion economic loss and more than 34,700 jobs affected either by furloughs or layoffs. Fort Hood faces $291 million in cuts, while the Red River Army Depot faces almost $600 million in reductions. Texas has almost 105,000 active-duty soldiers, almost 34,000 National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, and 61,400 full-time Army civilians.

• Arizona, home to Fort Huachuca and Yuma Proving Ground, faces a $262 million economic loss and more than 5,000 jobs affected. The state has more than 4,300 active-duty soldiers, 8,000 National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, and more than 13,600 full-time Army civilians.

• California, where the Army's National Training Center and Fort Irwin are located, faces a $615 economic loss and almost 11,500 jobs affected. The state is home to 14,500 full-time soldiers, 30,500 National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, and 19,600 full-time Army civilians.

• Colorado, home to Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division, faces a $149 million economic loss and more than 4,800 jobs affected. Colorado has more than 26,000 active-duty soldiers, almost 7,000 National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, and 8,000 full-time Army civilians.

• Kansas, where Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley are located, faces a $414 million economic loss and almost 8,000 jobs affected. Kansas has almost 24,000 active-duty soldiers, 9,500 National Guard and Reserve soldiers, and 12,200 full-time Army civilians.

• Oklahoma, home to Fort Sill, faces a $256 million economic loss and almost 7,000 jobs affected. Fort Sill alone faces a $110 million reduction. The state has 9,800 full-time Army personnel, 8,200 National Guard and Army Reserve troops, and 10,400 full-time Army civilians.

• Washington, where Joint Base Lewis-McChord is based, faces a $461 million economic loss and more than 11,000 jobs affected. The installation alone could see a $341 million reduction. The state has more than 37,500 active-duty soldiers, almost 13,000 National Guard and Army Reserve troops, and almost 19,000 full-time Army civilians.

• New York, home to Fort Drum and 26,696 soldiers, 18,426 Guard and Reserve soldiers and 13,657 civilians stands to lose $351,000,000 and 9,163 jobs are affected.

• Pennsylvania, home of the Army War College has 4,772 soldiers, 23,943 Guard and Reserve and 15,378 civilians could lose $1,149,000,000 and 10,414 jobs are affected.

• Virginia, which has The Pentagon, Fort Myer, Fort Lee, Fort Eustis and Fort Belvoir and others has 30,690 soldiers, 14,263 Guard and Reserve and 70,540 civilians could lose $1,005,000,000 and 25,360 jobs are affected.

• North Carolina home to Fort Bragg has 51,175 soldiers, 15,082 Guard and Reserve and 22,793 civilians would lose $421,000,000 and 12,159 jobs are affected.

• South Carolina, home to Fort Stewart and Fort Jackson, has 6,188 soldiers, 12,687 Guard and Reserve and 8,206 civilians could lose $156,000,000 and 5,527 jobs are affected

• Georgia, home of Fort Benning, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart has 50,222 soldiers, 19,841 Guard and Reserve and 31,241 civilians will lose $931,000,000 and 17,163 jobs are affected.

• Alabama which contains Fort Rucker, Redstone Arsenal and the Army Materiel Command has 6,558 soldiers, 16,357 Guard and Reserve and 53,723 civilians will lose $1,873,000,000 and 25,177 jobs are affected.

• Mississippi has 1,765 soldiers, 12,294 Guard and Reserve and 7,036 civilians is home to Camp Shelby stands to lose $360,000,000 and 4,608 jobs are affected.

• Louisiana, home of Fort Polk has 10,147 soldiers, 11,438 Guard and Reserve and 10,832 civilians will lose $113,000,000 and 4,608 jobs are affected.

• Missouri which has Fort Leonard Wood has 8,953 soldiers, 12,754 Guard and Reserve and 13,112 civilians will lose $233,000,000 and 6,441 jobs are affected.

• Indiana has 2,094 soldiers, 14,540 Guard and Reserve and 10,197 civilians and will lose $402,000,000 and 8,597 jobs are affected.

• Wisconsin has 1,644 soldiers, 12,340 Guard and Reserve and 4,082 civilians will lose $331,000,000 and 2,738 jobs are affected.

• Michigan has 1,790 soldiers, 10,771 Guard and Reserve and 9,156 civilians will lose $331,000,000 and 7,807 jobs are affected.

• Connecticut has 602 soldiers, 5,716 Guard and Reserve and 760 civilians and will lose $108,000,000 and 747 jobs are affected.

• New Jersey home to Fort Dix has 8,352 soldiers, 9,884 Guard and Reserve and 9,734 civilians will lose $207,000,000 and 6,892 jobs are affected.

• Kentucky home to Fort Campbell and Fort Knox has 38,515 soldiers, 10,325 Guard and Reserve and 21,663 civilians will lose $606,000,000 and 15,016 jobs are affected.

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