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Proposed military cuts could have impact on Iowa National Guard


DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) A recent budget proposal by the Pentagon would cut military staffing levels to the lowest point since before World War Two.

The proposal, announced Monday, is sure to be an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.

But if the cuts pass, how would it affect military members in Siouxland?

Colonel Greg Hapgood with Iowa's National Guard says suggesting these kind of cuts are part of a normal military cycle now that operations are over in Iraq and the military is working on pulling out of Afghanistan.

However, he says the different level of cuts proposed are dramatic, and they could have a big effect on Iowa's military members.

"Depending on which level of cuts the political and civilian leadership decide on, it could have an impact here in Iowa on the Iowa National Guard," Colonel Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard said.

However, Col. Hapgood says even if there are cuts, the guard will be prepared for anything.

He says there's no reason for the general public to worry.

"The Iowa National Guard is the most combat-ready that we've ever been, we are the most combat experienced we've ever been, and from an equipment standpoint, we're the most equipped that we've ever been. With those things in place, we believe that regardless of the cuts, we'll still be able to maintain our readiness to do what we're asked to do, whether it's here at home or overseas," Col. Hapgood said.

Those budget proposals, as a part of the Department of Defense, will be voted on by Congress.

There's no set timeline for when that will happen.

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