Cuts to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson’s 4-2-5 infantry brigade combat team in Anchorage have officially been put on hold. Alaska’s congressional delegation is celebrating today’s announcement by the army.
In a combined release, Senator Dan Sullivan said in part “the Army sent a strong message that America remains dedicated to our Re-balance to the Asia-Pacific, and understands our leading role in the Arctic.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski said the reduction plan was shortsighted “and the direction of world events would ultimately prove that.”
Both Senators say they will work to make the hold permanent.
In July, the Army announced plans to reduce the 4-2-5 by 2600 soldiers.