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NY Army post at Fort Drum slated to lose brigade

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to eliminate one of three combat brigades at northern New York's Fort Drum.

The cuts announced Tuesday are part of a massive restructuring to slash the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33 and cut the overall size of the Army by 80,000 over several years.

The cuts will take place over the next four years. A brigade is about 3,500 soldiers.

Fort Drum, which sprawls over 107,000 acres near the Canadian border, is home to the 10th Mountain Division. It was expanded in 2005, even as 180 other installations around the country were closed. It was the only major New York post to survive closures that claimed Plattsburgh Air Force Base in 1995 and Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome in 1993.

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