Defense budget cuts could cost Missouri Air Guard positions

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 10:12 a.m. CST

ST. JOSEPH — Budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense could cost Missouri's Air National Guard about 40 positions.

An Air Force news release on Tuesday said the Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing could lose 27 Guard positions and 11 civilian technicians next year. That is in addition to the reduction of two aircraft announced earlier.

The 139th Airlift Wing is based at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Cotter, Missouri assistant adjutant general, said some negotiations are still possible, including adding some unfunded positions at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported that Cotter said the cuts could have been worse and don't seem unreasonable.



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