Houston-area National Guard troops face job cuts

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 7:00 PM

HOUSTON -- Approximately 175 National Guard troops in the Houston area learned this week that they'll be out of a job come 2016.

On Wednesday, the news of the closure was still sinking in.

“It’s disappointing obviously, but what are you going to do?” said Sgt. Matt Miller, with the Army National Guard.

Sgt. Miller said he is not sure what he is going to do when the Brigade Headquarters’ doors close in 2016.

“We’re all close, so it’s hard,” he said.

The 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been around since 1917, serving most recently in Kosovo and Iraq, but also giving assistance during natural disasters like Hurricanes Rita and Ike.

In addition to the job losses here, the across the board cuts mean there will be 23,000 fewer national guard troops than there were on 911.

Gov. Rick Perry released a statement calling the mandated cuts “short sighted,” but without legislative intervention the soldiers will be out of a job.

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