March 03, 2015 – GroundReport, By Robert Tilford
On March 2, 2015 Rep.Stefanik of New York made comment on the issue of Sequestration and military readiness. Saying that sequestration will have a devastating effect on Ft. Drum – home of the 10th Mountain Division.
“I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee as the vice chair for the Subcommittee on Readiness and as a member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee and Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee.
10th ID soldier wanders among the dead al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan after a heated battle lasting 9 hours in 2014. (GroundReport/ Congressional Record)
As a member of these subcommittees, I will work to ensure the Defense Department, our troops, and Fort Drum have the necessary tools they require to defend our Nation from those that wish to do us harm.
However, we continue to see threats to our national security increase, and reductions to our military remain due to the Budget Control Act and sequestration. These substantial budget cuts will have significant negative impacts to Fort Drum and the U.S. military.
Under sequestration, the Pentagon’s proposal states that Fort Drum could lose up to 16,000 soldiers and civilian jobs. This loss of jobs will have severe and devastating effects to the installation, the North Country community, New York, and the entire Nation. General Dempsey and our military leaders have declared time and time again that sequestration reduces our Armed Forces’ readiness and their capabilities, and it unnecessarily puts our men and women in uniform at increased risk.
Here, we expect our servicemen and -women to protect our Nation; however, the imposed budget cuts due to sequestration inhibit their readiness and threaten our national security. It is our duty to ensure our Nation is protected and, in doing so, maintain the operational readiness of our military.
I pledge to work to preserve and strengthen our Nation’s Armed Forces and follow in the footsteps of Representative John McHugh by advocating for our troops and veterans stationed in the 21st Congressional District of New York and in our surrounding communities.”
The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.