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Mayor & Others Ask Public to Lobby Against JBLM Cuts
Mayor Strickland, Councilmember Thoms, and other public figures are asking the public to help lobby to keep reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a minimum in upcoming military cuts. Last week the Mayor issued a request for public involvement, which Thoms echoed at last night's City Council meeting.
The proposed cuts - about 16,000 military and civilian jobs - come as the Army looks to reduce its forces significantly in the next few years. An assessment of how those reductions might be done included the proposed cuts here and across the country.
The loss of that many jobs in our area would certainly have an impact on the local economy, and that's what the Mayor and others want the public to communicate to the Army.
“The men and women who serve our country out of JBLM are vital to our community,” said Strickland. “They are valued members of our neighborhoods, and customers of our businesses. They generously volunteer for charities, have families to support and are caregivers. These job reductions could result in negative impacts to our schools, the housing market, and local economy."
Other communities have successfully used public comment opportunities to fight reductions in forces in their areas - the City press release notes that Fort Polk, Louisiana lost only 250 positions after its public advocated for retaining positions. We're on a short timeline to comment - the Army public comment period closes Monday, August 25. Find details on how to comment via snail mail or online in the press release.
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