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Fort Sill to gain positions under Army restructuring

WASHINGTON _ Fort Sill, the U.S. Army artillery post in southwest Oklahoma, will once again gain jobs while many other bases are downsizing, according to officials at the post and on Capitol Hill.

Over the next two years, restructuring will mean a gain of roughly 400 positions.

As of today, the Army expects to cut 290 civilian jobs and 116 military positions at the post. However, there will be a gain of 834 active duty military connected to other missions.

Fort Sill officials announced Tuesday that they are using guidance from the Army to plan for the next decade. Training in field artillery and air defense artillery is conducted at the base, and artillery units are stationed there.

Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said, "I’m thankful that the reductions at Fort Sill are less than at other bases, but even more thankful for the Fort Sill leadership that will ensure these reductions do not impact the readiness of our soldiers. There is no better partner for the Army than the men and women in Oklahoma."

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, praised the Fort Sill leaders for their work to mitigate the impact of downsizing.

He said Fort Sill plays a critical role for the Army.

"The importance of Fort Sill’s mission, coupled with unparalleled community and state support, has resulted in continued growth," he said.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, whose district includes Fort Sill, said, “Due to budget demands placed on the Department of Defense, the Army has made necessary adjustments to both civilian and military billets at posts across the United States.

"While Fort Sill has been fortunate that the changes are minor, in comparison with other installations, adapting to any change is difficult. I am confident that Fort Sill will continue to find the best solutions despite budget challenges, and I will work to ensure it has the resources needed to complete its mission. I continue to believe our military’s end strength is too low, and not reflective of the global reality or potential for conflict.”

Last summer, the post was also tapped to gain work while many others faced deep personnel cuts.

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›