Fort Jackson general: Military job cuts not yet taken place

Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier is commander of Fort Jackson near Columbia.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — The new general in charge of the Army’s largest training post says he hasn’t decided yet which 180 soldiers are losing their jobs at Fort Jackson, but the Pentagon-ordered cuts will occur in the coming year.

Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier says he has time to make sure the reductions won’t hurt Fort Jackson’s primary mission of training more than 40,000 soldiers in basic combat skills every year.

Cloutier met with reporters for the first time Thursday to assess the situation at the post since he took over this summer.

The two-star commander says he thinks the military job losses probably won’t be the last the installation endures. He says he thinks civilian jobs will also be cut, but he doesn’t know how many, or when the cuts might happen.