Save Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter from being downsized.
As part of its 2020 force structure realignment, the Army is considering a proposal that would eliminate 19,800 soldiers and civilians:
-Schofield Barracks - 16,606
-Fort Shafter - 3,786
In addition to the workers, Hawaii would lose more than 30,000 family members. The total is about 5% of Honolulu’s total population.
The Army supports our economy in many ways such as creating jobs in our local communities and supporting our local businesses. Many of the members are not only our friends and neighbors, they are our family members. Support our heroes! Please sign the petition here or download the paper petition at keephawaiisheroes.org.
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- U.S. Army Environmental Command
Thank you for this opportunity to provide comments on the Department of the Army's Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for the Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment.
Our community understands the challenges associated with reducing the Army's Active Component strength to meet savings required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. However, I am strongly opposed to the reduction scenario assessed in the SPEA for US Army Garrison Hawaii (USAG Hawaii).
In Section 4.29, the SPEA explores the impact on USAG Hawaii of a potential reduction of 19,800 Army personnel from Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks. I am very concerned about the SPEA assessment of whether or not there will be a significant negative socioeconomic impact from the potential reduction. I believe it will indeed impact Hawaii significantly and negatively.
In Hawaii, the military is the single most significant economic impact on our economy after tourism. In addition, we recognize and value the rich diversity, volunteerism and service the military adds to our communities and schools. The communities surround both Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks have been partners with the Army on many community projects and has depended on the military for economic stability especially after the demise of other industries such as agriculture. The Army’s presence at Schofield definitely has a tremendous impact to the economy of Central Oahu as the resident population itself would be unable to sustain the economy of the area.
I ask that the Army please reconsider its scenario outlined in the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment.
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