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Army 2020 SPEA

Posted by: Cal Wray on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Good Afternoon All,

As you have seen reported the last few weeks, the Army is conducting a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) of all installations as they determine the locations for a troop reduction of 40,000 soldiers.

The City of Clarksville and Montgomery County have sent out the request for citizens to express concern and provide support letters to attempt to limit the impact to our community as best as we can. You will find a link below to make it as easy as possible for you to send a letter to help our efforts.

http://mcgtn.org/support-ft-campbell

Let me share some numbers on the worst case scenario if Fort Campbell is targeted and loses up to 16,000 soldiers as is being modeled and reviewed by the Department of the Army for all installations (These figures come directly from the Army’s assessment):

Current Status of Fort Campbell Army Post:

• 32,281 Active Personnel
• 39,427 Active component soldiers, army civilians, and contractors
• Installation Resident Population:
o 15,087 soldiers
o 12,069 family members
o 27,156 individuals that reside on post
• 43,294 reside off-post
• Total population impact of Fort Campbell Army Post: 70,450
• 2nd Largest Post in the Army
• Annual $4.0+ Billion Economic Impact

SPEA Modeling for Troop Reductions:

• Reduction of up to 16,000 soldiers:
o 15,221 Permanent party soldiers
o 779 army civilians
• Average Salaries:
o Soldiers: $46,760
o Civilians: $57,523
• Total Army Employees and Family members that could be displaced:
o 40,288
o 16,000 soldiers
o 8,928 spouses
o 15,360 children
• 1,000s of students displaced from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS)
• Extreme devastation on our Residential Housing and Rental Markets
• Hospitals, Police, and Fire would be dramatically Affected


In my opinion, the worst case scenario could change the community for the next 20 years.

I have also attached a copy of the SPEA issued by the Army that the community is currently working to respond by the August 25th deadline.
This is a 970 page document but the pertinent information on Fort Campbell is located on pages 251-271.

Additionally, below is a rough timeline of reductions by the Army and potential future reductions if sequestration continues:

Army Drawdown Schedule:

• 2011: Army at 580,000 soldiers
• Currently: Army at 515,000 soldiers
• October 2014: Army at 510,000 soldiers
• End of 2015: Army at 490,000 soldiers
• End of 2017: Army at 450,000 soldiers
• 2018-19: Army at 420,000 soldiers (if sequestration takes place in 2016)
• 2020: Army at 390,000 soldiers (if sequestration continues)


Some argue that the Army needs a minimum of 490,000 soldiers to maintain a medium risk level.
We will be at 450,000 soldiers by the cuts already handed down to the Army.


As you can see there are all types of risks associated and tough decisions that must be made concerning the Army and our national defense.

Here are a few things that you can do NOW:
• Find the Link below and send a letter to our Legislative Delegation through Montgomery County and the City of Clarksville
o http://mcgtn.org/support-ft-campbell
• Share this with your friends, neighbors, decision makers, employees, and anyone that has a desire to protect Fort Campbell
• Be prepared to fight for our soldiers and our installation as the review continues and we reach out to you
• Write your own personal letters
 U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664
• Ask others to write letters
 U.S. Army Environmental Command
ATTN: SPEA Public Comments
2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664
• Get involved

As Aspire Investors, you are committed to our endeavors, those of the Chamber, Industrial Development Board, Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Clarksville, and Montgomery County. I urge you to take this serious, to pick up your phone, pens, keyboards, and be present at any public hearings for Fort Campbell. This issue has a potential far reaching and an extremely negative impact on the future of our community, our efforts, and your businesses.

I know you will all be valued partners in the community’s efforts on this issue.

I have also included the email from the Chamber of Commerce, City of Clarksville, and Montgomery County for you all to view below:

 

 

The City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Government asks for the
public’s help in voicing concern about the potential drawdown of
Ft. Campbell personnel through the 2016 sequestration.

It’s easy…
Click here and sign the support letter provided
on Montgomery County's homepage.
Upon signing and submitting the online letter,
it will be automatically sent to the following Tennessee Congressmen:
• Phil Roe
• Jimmy Duncan
• Chuck Fleischmann
• Scott DesJarlais
• Jim Cooper
• Diane Black
• Marsha Blackburn
• Stephen Fincher
• Steve Cohen

Our voices must be heard to keep the cuts to
Ft. Campbell minimal.
Please spread the word…the more letters receive of support, the better!

Comments on the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment and/or Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment are requested to be submitted to U.S. Army Environmental Command, ATTN: SPEA Public Comments, 2450 Connell Road (Building 2264), Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664 or via email to: usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil. Inquiries may also be made via phone by calling 210-466-1590 or toll-free 855-846-3940.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Black, Montgomery County Communications Director, at 931-648-8482 or Jennifer Rawls, City of Clarksville Communications Director at 931-648-6128.
www.mcgtn.org

 

 

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