FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Officials in cities in the vicinity of Fort Bragg feel the elimination of a brigade at the Army post will be offset with gains in other areas.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that Mayor Tony Chavonne (sha-VAH'-nee) said the result could be a positive for the city. Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey said the news emphasizes the need to bring other kinds of jobs to the area to help offset the defense cutbacks.
The Army announced Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 12 combat brigades, relocate thousands of soldiers and cancel $400 million in construction projects as the first wave of federal budget cuts takes aim at military communities around the country.
Fort Bragg is slated to lose the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team by 2017.