Governor Tomblin Joins Nation's Governors in Asking President to Reconsider Proposed Cuts to Army National Guard
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the nation's governors to sign and send a letter to President Obama strongly opposing potential cuts to the Army National Guard in the U.S. Army's 2015 fiscal year budget request.
"The National Guard is a highly experienced, cost-effective and capable operational force. The men and women of West Virginia's National Guard have not only protected our nation while abroad, but have continued to be an essential state partner in responding to disasters and emergencies here at home and across our country," Gov. Tomblin said. "I respectfully request the President reconsider proposed cuts to the Army National Guard and work with us to develop budget solutions to ensure our citizen soldiers continue to be a critical component in protecting us at home and abroad."
"Governor Tomblin is a staunch advocate for a community-based, cost effective solution to maintaining a strong defense that our country can afford. The National Guard is a key part of that solution," West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer said. "The Guard is a constitutionally-based capability that can conduct war fighting missions and respond to protect our citizens during emergencies. West Virginia can't afford to lose capability to respond to disasters and shouldn't lose opportunities for our citizens to live in West Virginia and serve the Nation."
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