The Department of the Army has announced restructuring plans that will minimally effect Fort Drum.

The Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers nationwide, with the 10th Mountain Division losing only 28 soldiers over two years. The Northern New York Army base had been bracing for a larger force reduction of 1,500 to 2,000.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the fact that Fort Drum is seeing minimal cuts when the Army is downsizing significantly across the country underscores that Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division play a unique and critical role in U.S national security.