Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young recently cosponsored legislation to reverse Fiscal Year 2016 troop reductions facing the Army and Marine Corps. H.R. 4534, the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act, is a significant step to maintaining Army force strength and preventing cuts for more than 2,600 troops stationed at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson (JBER).
“When the Obama Administration announced its plan in 2014 to reduce the Army’s size from 490,000 to 450,000 the world was a very different place,” said Congressman Don Young. “Since then, global threats have grown and our security environment has worsened. The risks are real, be it ISIS spreading violence across the globe, a nuclear ambitious North Korea, or Russia actively expanding its military footprint by reopening Soviet-era military bases and positioning four new combat brigades above the Arctic Circle. To adequately protect our interests worldwide, we must have a sufficient land force, including the only airborne brigade in the Pacific Theater, JBER’s 4-25 ABCT. The POSTURE Act would reverse the President’s ill-advised decision, and ensure the U.S. Military has the resources, and the people, necessary to protect our national security.”
The POSTURE Act was introduced by Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), a retired Army Colonel.