The Pennsylvania National Guard is bracing for cuts in 2016 that could cost them about 1,400 troops.
Military cuts proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would reportedly affect Pennsylvania by nine percent. A four percent cut in the 1990’s took with it four support battalions.
Radio PA News reports officials are targeting the Guard’s 55th Brigade, headquartered in Scranton. The 55th Brigade includes major units in Wilkes-Barre, Lewisburg, Sellers and Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General Wesley Craig said citizen soldiers are “bargains,” and called the cuts foolhardy. All 50 state Governors are lobbying in opposition to the cuts.