Group prepares for possible Joint Base Lewis-McChord cuts

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee convened the first meeting a new group formed to address possible personnel cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Inslee charged the Subcabinet on Military Downsizing with writing initial response plans within the next two weeks, the News Tribune of Tacoma reports.

The Army is expected to announce next week how many positions could be cut from the base. It’s been estimated that up to 11,000 active duty soldiers and Department of Defense civilian employees at JBLM could be affected.

The focus of the subcommittee, which comprises leaders from several state agencies, is to prepare a plan that would include workforce training and re-employment for those affected by the cuts.

More than 40,000 military service members are stationed at the base, which also employs more than 15,000 civilians and contractors.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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  • It's her body

    Thanks Obama! Instead of giving free health care to all the losers why don’t you give that money to people that protect our nation? One other question why all of a sudden is there isis losers being arrested in America? Aren’t you suppose to protect America? Hurry up and get lost…

  • Virginia Rademacher

    What happens to the active duty who doesn’t want to remain here? Can the governor guarantee a job to those who don’t want to remain here?