National Guard funding in jeopardy
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky - Homes, streets, just two years ago it was all underwater. The only thing seen for miles along a stretch of Oaks Road back in the spring of 2011 was mailboxes. But Joe Greene says getting mail was the last thing on his mind.
"I don't mind seeing water come up but when it starts getting up in your house, it's a different story," he said Friday.
In fact, he was only able to leave after he was picked up by the Army National Guard.
"It was nice to see 'em coming," he remembered with a laugh.
Army National Guard Sgt. Justin Beard was part of that operation.
"It was pretty intense," he said.
But for him, he said it was just another day on duty, "We were there and we did what we had to do."
But that job could be in jeopardy if Congress fails to prevent millions of dollars in spending cuts to the Guard.
The Guard, according to top officials, would not be as prepared because training missions would be cut. Also, there would be fewer guard members on duty. Some members would take a weekly furlough day, meaning they could lose 20 percent of their income. Maintenance cuts would also be made.
"National Guard's the first person on site. I don't think cutting them is gonna help. They need to cut something, they can find something else to cut I'm sure," Greene said.
Kentucky's Adjunct Major General Edward W. Tonini oversees the Guard.
During a phone interview with Local 6 he said, "We will survive, there's no question about it. There's just a matter of how we survive. It's just something we will have to deal with, it will affect our readiness, not only our readiness to perform a federal mission but our state mission as well."
He continued on saying he was bracing for the cuts and prepared to work with "what resources we do have."