Covering South Alabama: Fort Rucker Could See Troop Increase

A top Army commander said Fort Rucker will likely see an increase in troops over the next five years. General Richard Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff, visited the post yesterday to attend the annual Aviation Senior Leaders Conference.

He said Fort Rucker also could see increased activity through other areas, including more aircraft, an increase in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and more troops in the specialized training courses. President Bush asked Congress Tuesday to authorize an increase of 92-thousand more Army and Marine Corps personnel by 2012.

Cody said more military pilots are already being deployed to Iraq since Bush requested an additional 20-thousand troops for deployment. The general said despite the increase in U-S forces in Iraq, much of the failure or success in the war rests on the Iraqi people. Cody also complimented Army Aviation workers responsible for sustaining the aircraft in combat.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press