U.S. Army officials brief local leaders on potential cuts at Fort Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Local residents are sharing concerns about potential major job cuts at Fort Leavenworth.

The U.S. Army is working on a plan to reduce their staffing levels if they're forced to make budget cuts before the 2016 fiscal year.

They've studied 39 military sites across the country, including Fort Leavenworth.

While the Army conducted a study which concluded that overall there wouldn't be a significant impact in the area, a worst-case scenario would be cutting military and civilian jobs in half, to 2,500.

That has local business people, like High Noon Saloon owner R.D. Johnson, worried.

"We count on these people to come to our business and buy our steaks and hamburgers and microbrewed beer and if we lose that it's simply devastating,” Johnson said. “We're probably going to have to laid off people maybe even close"

Thursday, Fort Leavenworth leaders briefed the Mid-America Regional Council. They are asking the public to comment on the report between by August 25. 

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