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.

If you have a comment about potential cuts to JBLM, the Army wants you to post those on the I Corps' Facebook page.

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