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Texas Military Will Lose $2.4 Billion Due to Sequestration

FORT HOOD, TX (KXXV) -

Texas is one of the states that the new sequestration budget cuts will effect the most. 

Texas will face a $2.4 billion economic loss, and 30,000 civilian employees will be furloughed. They will lose $180 million in pay. 

Not only will civilian employees lose money, but these budget cuts will delay soldier's redeployments, and limit access to training. 

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visited Fort Hood on Friday, and has released this statement to News Channel 25.

"What that means is the rest of the forces that are now back in the United States will not be able to train. They will be able to do small-level, squad-level training. They will not be able to do platoon-level, company-level, battalion-level training back at their installations," explains General Odierno." "They will not be able to go out to combat training centers, which is what provides them the final readiness certification at the battalion and brigade level."

News Channel 25's Markeya Thomas spoke to Fort Hood soldier Jeremy Reynolds about these budget cuts.

"Part of me joining the army, I wanted to serve my country. And with budget cuts, I don't think we are going to be able to do as many deployments or expeditionary missions, you know – helping out people," said Reynolds.

Fort Hood is preparing for the budget cuts and furloughs. Budget cuts will take place on March 1st.

 

 

 

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