Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. Army officials intend to only reduce the force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by 1,250, a number far lower than originally proposed.
“Last summer, the Army was considering reducing the population at JBLM by 11,000, so to have confirmation from our congressional delegation that the actual reduction will be only a tenth of that is outstanding news. This goes to show that we continue to be a global pivot point in the United States’ military strategy.
“The impact JBLM has on Pierce County and western Washington is significant. Soldiers, retirees, civilian workers, and contractors – as well as their families – live, eat, shop, and recreate here every day. Those individuals whose positions were under scrutiny can breathe a little easier now and continue contributing to the wellbeing of our communities in various ways.
“Pierce County has always valued its relationship with members of the armed forces community. For nearly a century, Pierce County has worked side-by-side with the base to build partnerships, address traffic concerns, accommodate growth outside the base, and help veterans transition into the civilian workforce. I’m proud of our military men and women and their families, and I want them to feel secure knowing they will always have a home here in Pierce County.”
Erich R. Ebel, Pierce County Communications