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Defense spending cuts could lead to loss of 114 people in WI Air Nat'l Guard


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Air National Guard could lose up to 114 people under a plan to cut defense spending.

The Air Force said a month ago it would cut almost a half-trillion dollars over the next decade. And the Wisconsin guard learned at that time that it would lose two planes in Milwaukee and one in Madison.

The personnel cuts were not unveiled until Tuesday.

If Congress approves them, the Wisconsin Air Guard would lose about 5 percent of its total personnel. It currently has almost 2,300 staffers.

State Adjutant General Don Dunbar calls the news “sobering.” He said the cuts are larger than expected – and they have to be made by October 1st.

Only 16 of the 114 posts are full-time, and Dunbar says he plans to cut them by attrition.