NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say Fort Polk in western Louisiana will lose fewer than 250 troops as the Army moves ahead with restructuring plans that will cut 80,000 nationally.
Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Rep. John Fleming hailed the announcement Tuesday as a victory for the base's supporters. State officials had once worried that Fort Polk would lose more than 5,000 of its 9,500 troops.
The Army is being reduced in size from a high of about 570,000 during the peak of the Iraq war to 490,000 - part of an effort to cut federal spending and reflect the country's military needs as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end.
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