The Norman Transcript

October 30, 2013

Top Army officer speaks at Fort Sill

Associated Press
The Associated Press

LAWTON — One of the U.S. Army’s highest-ranking officers says that if the force is cut to below 490,000 active soldiers it will “absolutely” have an impact on how the Army is able to perform its tasks and missions.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John Campbell says the Army is drawing down to 490,000 active soldiers, but that was before sequestration. If sequestration continues, he says the Army will be forced to draw down more and that could increase the risks associated with missions.

Campbell spoke at a news conference with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler at Fort Sill on Tuesday. Campbell and Chandler were at the southwest Oklahoma Army post to look at what programs are successfully improving the health of soldiers and their families.