Budget proposal includes cuts to National Guard in Houston

Texas National Guard goes in action during hurricanes and other disasters.
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HOUSTON, TX (KPRC) - The Texas Military Forces confirmed budget cuts could close the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Houston.

The National Guard Bureau notified the Texas Military Forces on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Texas Military Forces said, "The force reductions call for the deactivation of the 72nd IBCT's Headquarters after serving our state and nation since its organization in 1917. Affectionately known as 'The Ready Team,' the 72nd IBCT most recently served in Iraq, Kosovo, and numerous emergency relief operations including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. Following the deactivation, some of the 72nd IBCT's battalions will report to National Guard units assigned to other states."

You have seen the Texas National Guard in action during hurricanes and other disasters. The headquarters is located near George Bush Park.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a statement Tuesday that said, "Over the past decade, the Texas Guard has responded to more than 150 disasters in Texas and surrounding states, saving countless lives and helping families in distress. The Texas Guard also plays a vital role in our nation's War on Terror. Diminishing the Guard's capacity to help in a time of national need is irresponsible."

The plan to close the headquarters is part of the U.S. Defense Department's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014.

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