Fort Sill reacts to Army Budget Cuts - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Fort Sill reacts to Army Budget Cuts

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

FORT SILL, OK (KSWO)- The 77th Army band will continue its musical mission at Fort Sill. But for four other Army Band across the country that's not the case. They're being decommissioned, due to budget cuts.

Army bands help provide the backdrop for many events on post like change of commander ceremonies. They also play at graduations, parades, and funerals.You can even request them for private events. On average, they perform at about 400 shows and concerts every year.

Warrant Officer One Bridgette Brenmark said as of now their mission is not changing. Her goal is to continue to work with the band to support soldiers and the Lawton-Fort Sill community.

When most people think of the Army, they think soldiers in combat, but what about those who support the mission through musical instruments..

"Music is a combat multiplier its one of those things that a lot of people don't even realize how it fits into the Army piece, but we can't have soldiers with the will to fight...win wars without that will so we are a big important part of that and keeping people resilient and motivated and having that will too keep fighting for our freedom." Warrant Officer One, Bridgette Brenmark, is in charge of more than 80 musicians in the 77th U.S Army Band. Brenmark said the band plays at various functions on Fort Sill and in surrounding communities, sometimes with the help of other local musicians and Cameron University students. "We work with them quite frequently for some of my soldiers will help them out with their concerts and they will help us out with our concerts."

In addition to those events, Army musicians can be deployed to perform overseas, and Brenmark knows first hand what that experience is like.

"I myself have deployed twice with the 82nd Airborne Ignition and that was a great privilege of mine to play for soldier's in harms way," said Brenmark.

Brenmark said when bands are deactivated, those soldiers are sent to other posts that have active bands, depending on instrumental need. Right now she said, their numbers are not changing and she will continue to focus on her job.

"Well honestly the Army is always growing and decreasing and the band is a part of the Army and we are all apart of that. I'm not a part of those decisions that are made but its nothing to panic about at this time we are here and all I can say is just go out and continue to support our Army music by requesting us to come out to you," said Brenmark.

Brenmark adds while bands have taken a hit over the last few years, members still have to maintain their duties as a solider first completing all the same types of training as every other soldier. But within the department, it is so much more than just playing music. The 77th US Army Band is self supporting.

"We don't have support staff so we are our own supply people our own administrative people own human resource folks and so all of my people serve double duty to keep the band up and running ands that's something a lot of people maybe don't know so when we are not actively rehearsing we are still doing support task that support our unit as whole," said Brenmark.

As of now Brenmark said there is no one from the four bands being cut that are set to come to Fort Sill. She said soldiers are always moving from location to location, and that it will be up to other Army officials to determine where exactly they will go.

Copyright 2017 KSWO. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

    Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-08-14 04:26:12 GMT
    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:56:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and  then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...

    Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity, security in the executive mansion and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.

    Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity, security in the executive mansion and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.

  • US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack

    US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack

    Saturday, August 11 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-08-11 15:34:37 GMT
    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:53:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). University of California students, from left, Anjali Banerjee, Alice Ma and Tyler Heintz walk near the university's campus Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in, Berkeley, Calif. The students who were in Nice, France when a terror...(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). University of California students, from left, Anjali Banerjee, Alice Ma and Tyler Heintz walk near the university's campus Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in, Berkeley, Calif. The students who were in Nice, France when a terror...

    University of California, Berkeley students who were in the French city of Nice when a man drove a 19-ton truck through the crowd, killing their classmate and 85 other people, have turned their grief into building...

    University of California, Berkeley students who were in the French city of Nice when a man drove a 19-ton truck through the crowd, killing their classmate and 85 other people, have turned their grief into building a tech startup to fight terrorism.

  • Support for IN Catholic school counselor placed on leave for same-sex marriage

    Support for IN Catholic school counselor placed on leave for same-sex marriage

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-08-14 20:56:01 GMT

    Shelly Fitzgerald was placed on administrative leave after school officials found out about her marriage to another woman, and students have shown support.

    Shelly Fitzgerald was placed on administrative leave after school officials found out about her marriage to another woman, and students have shown support.

Powered by Frankly