Defense Budget Cuts Hit Kansas Air National Guard

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Department of Defense budget cuts have trickled down to the Kansas Air National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General, said the 184th Intelligence Wing in Wichita will lose 23 full-time positions and two part-time positions. Two part-time positions with the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka will also be cut.

“We anticipated this round of Department of Defense budget reductions would impact Kansas,” Tafanelli said. “While we are disappointed by this loss of positions, we will work to manage this as best as we can and assist those affected in their transition.”

The Department of Defense announced earlier this year it would cut $487 billion in phases over the next 10 years.

The Kansas National Guard has 5,300 Army Guard members, 2,200 Air Guard members, 36 armories and two air wings. The Guard has deployed more than 11,000 Guard members since 9/11 and responded to numerous domestic missions including tornado, flood, winter storm response in Kansas and hurricane and wildfire response in other states.

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