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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 3:43am

Columbus Fighting Army Reductions

Updated: 1 year ago.
Columbus officials are protesting a plan that could trim the number of soldiers in a Fort Benning unit. The military presence is a major driver of the local economy. (Photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt/U.S. Air Force.)

Columbus officials are protesting a plan that could trim the number of soldiers in a Fort Benning unit.

The military presence is a major driver of the local economy.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the city council are expected to approve a resolution Tuesday opposing any reductions in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The move comes a week after the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce asked residents to voice their concerns on the possible cuts. A new Army plan calls for reducing the service from 562,000 to 490,000 soldiers.

Losing the brigade at Fort Benning could affect an estimated 7,100 jobs.