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TWENTYNINE PALMS: Base could lose 8 percent of personnel

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PE.com-Officials at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms said they expect to lose about 1,100 personnel in the next few months.

The move is part of the ongoing reduction in force that began last year in anticipation of the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. Initially, the wartime high of 202,000 Marines was slated to drop to 186,000 by fiscal year 2017. Government spending cuts have reduced that target number to 175,000.

It’s unknown if the budget recently proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will shrink that number even more.

The cuts at Twentynine Palms represent about 8 percent of the total force of 13,000 Marines currently stationed at the desert center, which is the largest training site for Marines, drawing troops from bases throughout the United States.

Base spokesman Jason Smith said the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines is due to be deactivated May 30. About 840 Marines are attached to the unit. Another 245 are with the VMU-3, an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron, which is scheduled to move to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, this summer.

The 3rd Battalion returned from its latest deployment to Afghanistan in October and was originally due to deploy again this spring.

TWENTYNINE PALMS: Base could lose 8 percent of personnel

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The Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms is a major desert-warfare training site for Marines from across the nation. Here, the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Eco Company from Camp Pendleton takes part in a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms.
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Officials at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms said they expect to lose about 1,100 personnel in the next few months.

The move is part of the ongoing reduction in force that began last year in anticipation of the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. Initially, the wartime high of 202,000 Marines was slated to drop to 186,000 by fiscal year 2017. Government spending cuts have reduced that target number to 175,000.

It’s unknown if the budget recently proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will shrink that number even more.

The cuts at Twentynine Palms represent about 8 percent of the total force of 13,000 Marines currently stationed at the desert center, which is the largest training site for Marines, drawing troops from bases throughout the United States.

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