Quantcast

Senator Blunt, Colleagues Express “Deep Concern” Surrounding Nat - KOAM TV 7

Senator Blunt, Colleagues Express “Deep Concern” Surrounding National Guard Cuts

Updated:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and a bipartisan group of 12 of his colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel today to express their “deep concern with the Department of the Army’s proposal to cut Army National Guard combat aviation assets and force structure.” To read the entire letter, please click here.

The Senators urged Hagel to bring each side back to the table with the goal of producing a reasonable solution that fully takes into account national security needs as well as state domestic response obligations. Blunt is a member of both the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

“We write to express our deep concern with the Department of the Army’s proposal to cut Army National Guard combat aviation assets and force structure,” the Senators wrote. “This shortsighted approach creates unnecessary risk to our national security at the expense of incredibly capable attack aviation assets in the Army National Guard.”

“We strongly recommend that you work with the Army and the National Guard on a solution that fully takes into account national security needs as well as state domestic response obligations. We are confident that a resolution can be reached,” the Senators continued. “We believe the National Guard can be part of a cost effective security solution that retains affordable security for peacetime as well as the ability to respond to unforeseen, future contingencies.”

In addition to Blunt, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Casey (Pa.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Mike Lee (Utah), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jim Risch (Idaho), and Tim Scott (S.C.).

Missouri Impact:

The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade has three units located in Missouri. Under the Army's current plan, all three units would be impacted.

  • 1-135th Aviation Battalion, located at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts attack, reconnaissance and security operations that compliment other maneuver forces. This unit has 24 AH-64 D Apache Longbow attack helicopters assigned to it.
  • 3-135th Theater Aviation Battalion, located in Lebanon, Mo., provides mission command, administration and logistics support.
  • 935th Aviation Support Battalion, located in Springfield and Warrensburg, Mo., provides maintenance, maneuver, signal and logistics support for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB).
  • In all, there are 402 MO Army National Guard aviation personnel assigned across the state.

Economic Impact:

  • Warrensburg Detachment: $5,277,284 economic impact; 96 assigned
  • Lebanon: $3,346,518 economic impact; 87 assigned
  • Springfield: 11,363,764 economic impact; 186 assigned
  • Total Economic Impact: $33,978,862

Recently, the 1-135th Aviation Battalion was selected to receive the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) “John J. Stanko Army National Guard Aviation Unit of the Year Award.”

# # #

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:54:20 GMT
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.
    More >>
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.

    More >>
  • Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:14:24 GMT
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
  • Two suspects in a apprehended in Montgomery County

    Two suspects in a apprehended in Montgomery County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:46:50 GMT
    Montgomery County (KS) - Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced today that two suspects of recent Burglary were apprehended by Deputies today. The first suspect was taken into custody at Ashcraft Tire in Independence. The 2nd suspect was apprehended a short time later on North 5th Street after he attempted to elude Deputies. Both suspects have been booked into Montgomery County Jail with Sheriff Dierks recommending Burglary and Theft.Sheriff Dierks would like to thank his Deputies ...More >>
    Montgomery County (KS) - Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced today that two suspects of recent Burglary were apprehended by Deputies today. The first suspect was taken into custody at Ashcraft Tire in Independence. The 2nd suspect was apprehended a short time later on North 5th Street after he attempted to elude Deputies. Both suspects have been booked into Montgomery County Jail with Sheriff Dierks recommending Burglary and Theft.Sheriff Dierks would like to thank his Deputies ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.