EL PASO — Some big changes are coming to Fort Bliss and to other army posts across the country. The U.S. Army has released a five page memo outlining several measures that are being implemented as the army braces for automatic budget cuts set to take effect March 1st.
The U.S. Army has ordered an immediate civilian hiring freeze and the termination of temporary workers to try and reduce base operating costs. Training programs are also being curtailed and the memo also raises the prospect of civilian furloughs but says that action will only be taken as a last resort.
The automatic cuts will take place over the next 10 years and will impact all branches of the military, amounting to about $45 billion in fiscal year 2013. The precise impact on Fort Bliss is still unclear.
"General Pittard understands that we are beholden to the taxpayer what's the most effective way we can spend the tax payer dollar and still get the top level of readiness combat readiness for our soldiers," said Joe Buccino, a spokesperson from Fort Bliss.
Major Buccino says they will look at combining training to help reduce costs. He says they will be meeting tonight and looking at areas where Fort Bliss can improve on but will look at making cuts in areas that will not affect military families.