Iowa National Guard wary of budget cuts
DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say the automatic federal budget cuts will affect readiness of the Iowa National Guard.
The Guard’s Col. Greg Hapgood told The Gazette that the Iowa Guard must cut 10 percent of its current year budget of $370 million. Hapgood says the cuts will be squeezed into a five-month period of May through September, which makes them harder to undertake.
Hapgood and other full-time “federal technicians” in uniform will be taking one unpaid day per week.
Kevin Unkel is maintenance chief at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Cedar Rapids. He says his shop will lose 160 man-hours of labor a week, which means a reduction in annual servicing and the necessity of reordering maintenance priorities.