State budget cuts have prompted the Kansas
adjutant general to do his own version of base realignment and
Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting plans to close 18 of the state's 56
National Guard armories. The moves will save nearly $157,000 in the
fiscal year that ends June 30, and more than $260,000 in the
Some of the armories will remain unoccupied while equipment and
personnel are transferred and operations are consolidated.
The changes mean that 19 full-time National Guard soldiers will
be reassigned to other armories, while 678 soldiers will be forced
to go to other locations for regular drills. The closings will be announced in December.