JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. -- As many as 8,000 soldiers could be eliminated from Joint Base Lewis McChord as part of federal defense cuts, said I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Brown.
Brown, during a meeting with local business owners and elected officials, said the cuts could be implemented by 2017.
The commander said it is possible JBLM could avoid cuts entirely.
He expected a decision on which bases are downsized to be announced later this spring or this summer.
More than 47,000 soldiers are currently based at JBLM, generating more than $6 billion a year to the state s economy.
Brown said the cuts are not a result of sequestration.
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