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Fort Riley could be slated for additional troops

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Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(AP) Army looking at adding 6 brigades among 17 installations :][1] The U.S. Army is studying 17 military installations, including Fort Campbell, to determine possible sites for up to six additional brigade combat teams over the next six years. "The current global security environment has placed considerable demands on the nation's military and has highlighted the need for the Army to correct shortfalls in critical skills and to restructure its forces," according to news release from U.S. Army Environmental Command. In total, the Army is analyzing adding approximately 30,000 active and reserve soldiers between fiscal 2008 and 2013 in order to reduce stress on current units created by multiple deployments. The bases identified are Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Hunter-Liggett, Calif.; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Yakima Training Center, Wash.; and Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. Robert DiMichele, a spokesman for Environmental Command, said citizens who live near the base are encouraged to voice concerns about the environmental and economic impact of more soldiers and family members. [1]: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5089722.html

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