FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined 46 other governors in sending a joint letter to President Barack Obama expressing their strong opposition to potential cuts to the Army National Guard, which were proposed as part of the U.S. Army’s Fiscal 2015 budget request.
“For more than a decade, our National Guard has demonstrated it is a cost-effective, operational force that is critical to our national security at home and abroad,” The letter stated.
“We respectfully request that you reconsider proposed cuts to the Army National Guard and changes to the Guard’s combat aviation capabilities and that you work with us to fashion solutions that provide a scalable, cost-effective force that best serves the interests of our nation.”
During the National Governors Association Winter Meeting last weekend, the nation’s governors met with Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment to meet state and federal needs.
The delegation of governors remain concerned that a return to pre-9/11 Army National Guard levels would squander the investment and value of the Guard and discredit the Guard’s domestic accomplishments and as an active combat force.