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Fayetteville urges Army to spare Fort Bragg

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Officials from Fayetteville and surrounding communities want the Army to spare Fort Bragg from future troop cuts.

The Fayetteville Observer reports a hearing was held Monday on the issue. Under federal budget cuts, the Army must cut 80,000 soldiers and eight brigade combat teams within four years.

Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne told Army officials that Fayetteville and nearby towns bore the brunt of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and now face the biggest threat of hardship from the cutbacks. Chavonne says the communities are coping with greater mental health needs because of combat casualties.

The Army plans to cut its force to 490,000 soldiers by 2017. One option calls for Fort Bragg to lose 8,000. There have been no final decisions on where the cuts will be made.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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