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Redstone Arsenal will host a community listening session on April 24. (CONTRIBUTED)

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Redstone Arsenal to hold community listening session Wednesday

Published 5:55pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

REDSTONE ARSENAL — Redstone Arsenal will hold a community listening session to discuss topics ranging from future plans to the budget.

“As part of the U.S. Army’s future planning efforts, the listening session has nothing to do with sequestration and BRAC,” Daniel O’Boyle with Public Affairs said on Tuesday. “Rather it is an outgrowth of the reductions directed in the 2011 Budget Control Act.”

The 2011 Budget Control Act is a federal statute that was signed into law by President Obama on August 2, 2011. The act was signed into law last minute to help the United States avoid default. Though the topic of defense sequestration will not be discussed, it is important to note that the cuts do stem from the 2011 Budget Control Act. Sequestration went into effect at the beginning of March.

O’Boyle said the informative session is key to building a better relationship with the civilian community in explaining what cuts might have to be made and what the Army plans to do with the Act in place.

“The session is one of many being held across the country and conducted for the purpose of explaining what the Army is doing as well as the process that will be used to reach future force structure adjustment decisions,” he said. “Input received will be carried back to the senior leadership of the Army before any final decisions are made.”

The session will begin at 9:00 a.m. at  Heiser Hall on Patton Road on the base.

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