Ft. Campbell Braces for Possible Job Cuts -- Eric Alvarez
Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 10:53 PM CDT
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FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky - Families, elected officials and local businesses are on high alert because of potential job cuts on post.
Military spending cuts caused by sequestration threaten to cut Ft. Campbell’s force in half, according to a Ft. Campbell spokesperson.
A decision could come as early as next year about cutting 31,000 soldiers down to only 15,000.
Local businesses like the Oak Grove Animal Hospital say that could force small businesses to close.
"Oak Grove is primarily a military community,” said Julie Folz, hospital manager. “Without the soldiers, I’m really not sure what's going to happen to this small town."
The city of Clarksville and the Montgomery County websites have set up an easy way to send electronic letters to the U.S. Army.
A Ft. Campbell spokesperson says the military will consider the letters along with a cost assessment of Ft. Campbell itself and then decide the future of some 16,000 families sometime next year.
Click here if you’d like to send a letter supporting Ft. Campbell