Ft. Carson losing combat brigade of 3,800 soldiers

FORT CARSON — Fort Carson is losing one of its large combat units with about 3,800 soldiers.

Officials said Tuesday a Fort Carson combat brigade team will be inactivated, one of 12 being cut at 12 installations in the U.S. and Europe.

The cuts are expected to be completed by 2017.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the restructuring would result in any other units being moved to or from Fort Carson.

Officials provided details of the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Fort Carson officials said the move was to be addressed in a speech later Tuesday. No statement was planned until then.

Fort Carson will still be a major Army post, with three other combat brigade teams, an artillery brigade, a sustainment brigade and a new combat infantry brigade.

Still, the loss of a brigade is a blow to the economy and prestige of nearby Colorado Springs. It breaks a yearslong string of growth at Fort Carson, whose units served multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most brigades have between 3,500 and 3,800 soldiers.

The cuts would leave the Army with 33 active-duty combat brigades as it executes a longtime plan to cut the size of the service by 80,000.


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