Fort Carson brigade part of worldwide cuts by Department of Defense

3,800 soldiers cut from post

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fort Carson is losing one of its large combat units with about 3,800 soldiers.

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

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 nearby Colorado Springs. It breaks a years-long string of growth at Fort Carson, whose units had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Fort Carson official didn't immediately return a call.

The Department of Defense said 80,000 soldiers are being cut around the world, a reduction of 14 percent.

"These reductions are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense planning guidance issued in 2012, but do not reflect additional reductions that will be required if sequestration-driven funding reductions remain unmitigated," officials said in a statement.    


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