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Military Hopes Budget Cuts Won't Hit North Dakota

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Cuts to the Department of Defense budget have many governors concerned about the impacts on their states National Guard units.

The events the North Dakota National Guard responds to know no season.  

"We have a unit, the 188th that has had up to 10 deployments in the last 10 years. They have been in battle in the Middle east. They've proven to be very effective and of course at home we know they are invaluable when it comes to fighting floods and other national disasters," says Gov. Dalrymple.
 
Which is why he and many other Governors have sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to include the guard in Pentagon cuts.

"Our biggest concern is will we have the resources we need to train our people," says Brigadier General Alan Dohrmann. "Our number one mission is to be there when the president calls us and when the governor needs us to save life and limb here in North Dakota."

Currently, there are more than 4,400 North Dakota National guard members serving in the state. Last year they were deployed on several missions including to Afghanistan and to help with flood duty in the state.

"For a nation that's in a situation that money is tight looking at the guard we cost about a third of what an active component unit costs," says Dohrmann. "So again, we're a very effective solution for both federal and state missions."

The Department of Defense will announce its budget cuts next week and both the Governor and Dohrmann hope the North Dakota National Guard are not included in those reductions.

Some of the cuts currently being considered would impact attack helicopters and could lead to a reduction in troops.

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