WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today acknowledged the growing budget pressures on the U.S. Army but said he is unconvinced that a highly-modernized, Mississippi-based National Guard unit should be among the first targeted for divestment.
Cochran is opposed to Army reduction in force plans that would target the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team based in Tupelo. This unit is one of two armored brigade combat teams that have been targeted for divestment as the Army National Guard attempts to meet a restricted force structure.
“The 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team ranks as one of the most experienced, capable and technologically-modernized brigades within the National Guard,” Cochran said. “Given our current budget constraints, I question why there is a push to disassemble National Guard units like the 155th that cost significantly less to maintain than their active component counterparts.”