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June 26, 2013

Fort Gordon to gain 250 jobs as Army reorganizes

AUGUSTA — The Army's plan to shrink its forces by 80,000 soldiers would actually mean a slight increase in manpower at Fort Gordon in Augusta.

The Georgia base would grow by 250 soldiers by 2019 under the sweeping reorganization plan announced by the Army on Tuesday. Fort Benning in Columbus would also gain a very small number of troops, while Fort Stewart near Savannah would lose about 1,400 soldiers.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/122w4lj ) that Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry, an Army spokeswoman, says Fort Gordon will gain jobs to help the military deal with the "emerging cyber threat."

Fort Gordon has no combat units but rather is home to communication technology specialists and one of the South's largest Army hospitals. The base is home to about 15,000 soldiers.

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