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Three Army units based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are scheduled to stand down Thursday, part of an Army reorganization announced in January which will see the base lose nearly 800 soldiers.

According to a Tuesday press release from U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson John Pennell, the units set to be inactivated during a 1 p.m. ceremony at Pershing Field on base are all parts of the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2d Engineer Brigade.

“Soldiers from the 56th Engineer Company, the 84th Engineer Support Company and the 240th Survey and Design Detachment will stand in formation as their unit colors are cased,” Pennell wrote.

Pennell says about 300 to 400 soldiers are affected, but none will be forced to leave the Army.

“They’ll be transferred to other units,” Pennell said. “Some will stay within Alaska, some will go to other units outside the state; there will be some who opt to end their Army careers.”

Thursday’s ceremony is part of a larger trend throughout the Army, which will see the service lose a total of 80,000 active-duty soldiers as it reduces to an overall force size of about 490,000. In Alaska, those cuts are projected to cost JBER about 780 soldiers, but Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks will gain about 370 soldiers as units stationed at the two facilities are reorganized.

“These are the cuts we talked about in January of this year,” Pennell said. “It’s not all cuts; some of it is reshuffling to other units.”

According to Pennell, this week’s inactivations are not the last in JBER’s immediate future.

“Later this month, the 793d MP Battalion will inactivate,” Pennell said. “Ultimately, 2d Engineer Brigade HQ will eventually inactivate.”