The Department of the Army today announced plans for the reduction of the Regular Army from 490,000 to 450,000 Soldiers. The reduction of 40,000 Soldiers will occur in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
The post is expected to gain 219 spaces as the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery and the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery will join the 31st ADA and 75th FA brigades, respectively.
"We are happy the Army recognized what we have to offer the country here in the Lawton-Fort Sill community," said Joe Gallagher, Deputy to the Commanding General, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill. "Adding both an air defense and field artillery battalion will help Fort Sill continue to lead the future of Fires for the Army into the 21st century," he said.