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Adjutant General to Announce Location of 18 Armories to be Closed

Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, Kansas adjutant general, will announce the location of

18 armories closing across the state of Kansas during a 2 p.m. news

conference on Friday, Dec. 11, at the State Defense Building, 2800 S.W.

Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Department announced on Nov. 25 it would close

18 of its 56 National Guard armories and consolidate its operations into 38

existing armory facilities. The proposal was part of Gov. Mark Parkinson's

budget reduction announcement earlier that week.

"This decision was a very difficult one and the result of many hours of

careful consideration of the impact to communities and our Guard members,"

Bunting said.

"During the past two weeks, we notified a number of staff to begin working on

an implementation plan for the movement of the impacted Army units and

equipment from each of these 18 facilities," said Bunting. "We are working to

ensure each unit has a smooth transition."

All community and armory notifications will occur Thursday afternoon and

Friday morning, prior to the public announcement. Meetings will be scheduled

with each community to discuss the implementation of the closures.

Personnel in these armories will retain their jobs and be transferred to

another location. The number of National Guard units in Kansas will not

change due to these closures.

The decision to close the 18 facilities was the result of a reduced state

budget and the need for long-term sustainment of the existing armories.

"Unfortunately, additional anticipated state budget reductions due to our

challenging financial times are also requiring us to consider additional

armory closures beyond these 18 in the future," said Bunting.

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