Haley meets with state military commanders | News
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WIS) - Gov. Nikki Haley met with several commanders from South Carolina's largest military installations on Wednesday.
The state's Military Base Task Force met Wednesday in Columbia and heard from representatives of the South Carolina National Guard.
Others speakers represented Joint Base Charleston, the Coast Guard in Charleston, Shaw Air Force Base, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.
The military has been hit by the recent round of government furloughs, automatic budget cuts and the government shutdown.
The task force says the U.S. military pumps about $16 billion into South Carolina's economy and supports about 140,000 jobs.
South Carolina is home to eight military installations, 56,000 military retirees and 900 defense contractor firms.
Haley seemed optimistic we will escape large scale cuts.
"We continue to be at the forefront of the country in making a strong Marine and making a strong Army man to go out to war time or to make sure we have them in general," said Haley. "South Carolina is very strong when it comes to that and we have no reason to think that will be decreased."
"We should not allow that to give us a false sense of security and what Governor Haley directed us to do today is be proactive in identifying those areas where we're strong and reinforce those and identify the areas we're weak and reinforce those," said National Guard Maj. Lester Eisner.
Haley says she plans to advocate on a federal level to retain funding for South Carolina's military operations in January.
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