Support in the event of a Single-Site Military Downsizing
On July 9th, 2015, the Department of Defense announced its intention to reduce the size of the army across the nation by 40,000 troops over the next two years. The Army also announced Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) will lose 1,250 active duty personnel over the next two years. Army leaders had previously discussed reductions at JBLM as high as 11,000. Inslee and congressional and local leaders challenged DoD’s impact analysis and sought to make the case for Washington as a strategic choice for maintaining Army and DoD installations. The Washington Military Alliance along with the State of Washington are proactively creating a plan to mitigate the negative effects of a possible Army downsizing in the state.
Governor Jay Inslee has established a Subcabinet on Military Downsizing to address these possible reductions and to provide support for affected active duty service members, Department of Defense civilians, military contractors and the business community.
Here you will find helpful resources in the event of a significant military downsize in Washington.