LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

TILLICUM, Wash. -- It's only a potential cut, but the thought of Joint Base Lewis-McChord losing 16,000 soldiers scares Sue Rothwell.

We might be on life support, said Rothwell, owner of Galloping Gertie's, a bar and restaurant across Interstate 5 from JBLM.

The Army is looking at reducing troop numbers by 2020.

JBLM has been listed as one of the bases that could be impacted.

Rothwell, whose mother opened the restaurant in 1952, said 80 percent of her business comes from the base.

She has reduced the hours at the restaurantbecause of a drop in business due to recent deployments. Rothwell fears any troop drawdown at JBLMwould shut her place down.

You can only fight so long, said Rothwell.

The public has until August 25 to tell the Army what these cuts would mean to the community.

The City of Lakewood is encouragingresidents to contact the Army through the city's website.

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2014/08/18/14041588/