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Army considers adding 6 brigades at 17 installations including NC

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Army is studying 17 military installations, including Fort Bragg, to determine potential sites for up to six additional brigade combat teams over the next six years.

A notice published in USA Today on Monday asks the public to submit comments about the possibility of adding 1,000 or more troops at the bases. Brigades could range in size up to 4,000 soldiers.

In total, the Army is analyzing the addition of approximately 30,000 active and reserve soldiers between fiscal 2008 and 2013 in order to reduce stress on current units created by multiple deployments.

Robert DiMichele, a spokesman for Environmental Command, says citizens who live near the bases are encouraged to voice concerns about the environmental and economic impact of more soldiers and family members.

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