Local Leaders React to Possible Military Cuts

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Wednesday we told you about the proposed cuts in President Obama’s budget that included cutting the 30th Airlift Squadron's association with the 153rd Airwing at the Wyoming Air National Guard.
Thursday we caught up with Major General, Luke Reiner, to get his thoughts on the proposal.
"Right now this is a proposal in the President's budget but we are working with the state and national leaders to try and modify the decision but right now it is the President’s plan."
We reached out to Senator Enzi today and he says he will be quote
"Exploring all options to address this but is first he is in talks with the department of defense to better understand their proposal before taking action."
Cheyenne Mayor and Army veteran, Rick Kaysen thinks losing the 30th Airlift Squadron would be a big blow the Cheyenne economy.
"It would be the same as closing down a major business in the city of Cheyenne. That's one aspect. The big aspect is what does that mean to the people that are with that particular entity of our guard," said Mayor Rick Kaysen.
Mayor Kaysen believes it would be a very sad state of affairs if 210 airmen in Cheyenne lose their jobs due to defense cuts.
"I am very, very much in support of the defense of this country, of this state. In addition to the defense of it is the other services that are provided across the state by the Guard. So, I don't think it is, in my opinion, I don't think it's a wise move," Kaysen said.


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