Defense Secetary Hagel proposes cuts to US military

By KBJR News 1

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 8:13 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - The Defense Department has announced planned changes that will reduce the size of each branch of the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the recommendations will reshape the military while continuing to protecting the country's security.

"We chose further reductions in troop strength and force structure in every military service - active and reserve - in order to sustain our readiness and technological superiority," Hagel said.

Hagel went on to say that the proposed cuts had one primary focus, keeping America safe.

"We made choices based on strategic priorities, clear facts, unbiased analysis, and fiscal realities... and with the bottom line focus on how best we can defend the United States," he stated.

"The proposed budget announced today by the Secretary of Defense has no direct impact on the 148th Fighter Wing's pursuit of an Active Associate relationship with the US Air Force," Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard said in a statement Monday.

The Minnesota National Guard understands the fiscal challenges facing the nation and the Department of Defense and intends to be part of the solution.

We are confident that the unique dual role of the National Guard as a federal reserve of the Army and Air Force and as the first military responder in support of our Governor during domestic emergencies, will not be overlooked in these ongoing budget discussions."

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