Army cuts will affect Fort Huachuca

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's Fort Huachuca will lose five percent of its force as the U.S. Army plans to downsize.

Fort Huachuca is in southern Arizona near Sierra Vista and is an important part of the region's economy.

The Army announced it was cutting down from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers nationwide.

At Fort Huachuca, that means 114 active duty personnel will be eliminated over the next two years. The base has lost 40 percent of its positions since fiscal year 2001.

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona called Fort Huachuca a national treasure and said it was home to one of the military's most important missions. Fort Huachuca is the home of the Army's Intelligence Center.

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