The Kansas Adjutant General's Department released the names of the communities where 18 of its 56 National Guard armories will close in early 2010 due to state budget cuts.
The following armory locations will be closed:
Atchison, Burlington, Chanute, Cherryvale, Council Grove,
Fort Scott, Garden City, Garnett, Goodland, Horton, Kingman, Larned,
Phillipsburg, Russell, Sabetha, *Salina East, Troy and Winfield.
A total of 29 full time Guard staff and 412 traditional/M-day Guard soldiers
will be impacted by the consolidation.
Closing the 18 armories will reduce $156,662 from the current fiscal year's
operating budgets to meet state requirements and addresses additional cuts
for next year's budget for a total of $264,217 for FY 2011.
Significant additional savings beyond the $420,000 will result from
consolidating operations and no longer maintaining or inspecting the
A comprehensive strategic analysis was conducted to consider the
closure of armories and consolidation of operations. It included location and
proximity to other armories, historical and projected demographic shifts in
population, consolidation of operations, condition of current facilities and
the potential to expand to accommodate new mission requirements in the
future, required facility upgrades and maintenance costs. Another factor
included ensuring a National Guard presence in each of the seven homeland
security regions to support domestic response operations.
Disaster response will not be impacted
Despite the consolidations, the Kansas National Guard is committed to
its state mission of disaster support to communities.