WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today reacted with strong disappointment after the U.S. Army announced they will eliminate 176 Army civilian employee positions at Fort Sill. This workforce reduction is a direct result of extensive budget cuts to the Department of Defense ordered by President Obama. The announcement included Army-wide cuts of 8,741 civilian positions.
“I am deeply disappointed by today’s announcement,” said Inhofe. “In the history of the United States, the U.S. Army has played a pivotal role in defending our nation and its people, and the hard work from our men and women at Fort Sill is no exception. It is inconceivable that President Obama continues to slash defense funds as our nation’s troops fight overseas. If defense sequestration is allowed to proceed as currently scheduled, these cuts will be just the beginning of a total decimation of our armed forces, threatening our national security. We cannot allow that to happen. While I understand that many of these cuts at Fort Sill are position cuts and not job cuts, I will work with those in Lawton and at the Pentagon to mitigate the impacts.”
The announcement by the U.S. Army came after this morning’s annual Army Caucus Breakfast hosted by Inhofe and U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). During the breakfast, both Secretary of the Army John McHugh and U.S. Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, advocated for continued support of the U.S. Army from Congress.