MALLOY ONE OF 46 GOVERNORS OPPOSING REDUCTION OF ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and 46 other governors sent a joint letter Friday to the president to oppose the plan included in the Army's budget request to reduce the Army National Guard from more than 350,000 nationwide to 335,000 by 2017.

The force would be smaller than it was before Sept. 11, 2001. Connecticut stands to lose 450 to 500 positions, according to Malloy's office.

"A return to a pre-9/11 role squanders the investment and value of the Guard and discredits its accomplishments at home and as an active combat force," the governors wrote.

During the National Governors Association Winter Meeting last weekend, the governors met with President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment to meet state and federal needs.

"The Army Guard's operational capabilities and 350,000 end strength level must be preserved," the letter states.

- Jennifer McDermott

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