Fort Bragg leaders and a representative from the Department of the Army will hold a listening session concerning the Army’s end strength reductions and its potential impact on local communities. The session will be held Feb. 5, 9 a.m., at the Embassy Suites’ Wiggons Conference Center on Lake Valley Drive in Fayetteville.

The Army’s proposed adjustments have the potential to reduce both military and civilian authorizations on Fort Bragg by 16,000 personnel.

“We encourage our community leaders and citizens to step forward and get involved with how the Army will draw down our forces,” said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg spokesman. “Room at the event site is limited so we ask that the community participate virtually on the Fort Bragg Facebook page or by tweeting us at @ftbraggnc and using the #BraggPEA hashtag.”

In 2014, the Army sought comments from the public concerning the potential impact of these proposed reductions, which will be added to the insights gleaned from the listening session to inform Army stationing decisions.

After a brief review of Fort Bragg’s impact on the region, Fort Bragg and Army leaders will explain why the Army is reducing its size and how it could impact the Sandhills.  A panel of leaders from Fort Bragg and the Department of the Army will answer questions from the audience.

“We want to have as much input and interaction from the communities surrounding Fort Bragg as possible. Other communities throughout the country are taking an active role in this process, and I have no doubt our communities will do the same,” McCollum said.

Force structure decisions and adjustments will be made over the next several years in response to evolving missions and changing world events.

The Army is also looking at the potential for restructure of combat support units at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Fort Irwin, California, as well as Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.