(Las Vegas, NV) — Adjutant General Bill Burks says the automatic budget cuts will hurt the National Guard’s readiness and overall operation in Nevada.
In conservation with KXNT, Burks said he expects Nevada’s congressional delegation to fight against the cuts.
“I am just hopeful that some of the bills that have been put forward that will exempt the Nevada National Guard Title 32 civilians, like their active duty counterparts, are actually passed in congress before the furloughs take place in late April,” says Burke.
Burke says nearly 600 of his civilian technicians will be affected by the furloughs.
Nellis Air Force Base will also feel the pinch, mainly because there are a large amount of civilians that are employed.
“The numbers I have seen, nearly ten to twelve percent of the budget will be affected by sequestration.” says Burke
260 of 333 Army National Guard technicians are in the north and all but two of 249 Air National Guard technicians are in the north.
Burks says the technicians provide a wide variety of services, including aircraft and vehicle maintenance. He says the budget cuts also have prompted a reduction in training flights from 200 to 300 hours a month to 4o hours.
Burke also commented on the training accident that killed seven Marines and left several injured at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
“From the men and women of the Nevada National Guard, our hearts go out to the Marines who lost their lives as well as their families and loved ones. It just goes to show what a dangerous job we in the military actually have, “says Burke.