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Ft. Benning general speaks out on Army staff, budget cuts

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Army leaders had until this past Wednesday to make recommendations on areas to cut staff and budgets by 25 percent.

Now that the date has passed, we reached out to Fort Benning to find out if anything will happen to our troops here in Columbus. They tell us they don't have a statement prepared at this time.

We did talk to Army General Robert Cone on the cuts. He says the military is at a deficit right now because of 12 years of war. 

"I probably took the least amount of cuts of any major command," said Gen. Robert W. Cone. "I think that the Army understood, in these kinds of environments, you really have to invest in the long term. If we don't send sergeants to school that has an impact over the next 10 to 20 years, in terms of the professionalism of the force."

General Cone added the last thing the Army can do right now is to slow down leadership development like what's offered at Fort Benning.

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