Fort Campbell is one of a dozen installations losing a brigade combat team in an Army-wide restructuring. The reductions will take place over the next four years.
The early warning is intended to allow soldiers time to find other jobs within the military. But by 2017, the 101st Airborne Division will go from four brigade combat teams to three.
These are the units that deploy together. They vary in size with between 3,000 and 4,000 soldiers. They have symbols and nicknames well-known in military circles – Bastogne, Strike, Rakkasans and Currahee. Their battle histories date back to World War II.
A Fort Campbell spokesman says the 4th Brigade – nicknamed Currahee – will be dropped. It was only reactivated in 2005.
Most soldiers from the brigade will be distributed to other units on post or elsewhere in the Army, making the remaining brigades slightly larger. Still some jobs will be lost. Republican Congressman Marsha Blackburn – who represents the post – calls the cuts “painful.” She points out that Fort Campbell is still bracing for separate budget reductions related to sequestration.