Some military job cuts, announced in April will not take place. A total of 50 positions in the Georgia Air National Guard are being saved.
Nationwide more than 5,000 Guard jobs, were supposed to be cut. The Georgia positions were in the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base and the Combat Training Readiness Center and 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah.
Commander of the 116th, Brigadier General Bill Welsh says now their Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, scheduled for elimination, will stay. The team works on the base and with local law enforcement in 34 counties.
“They also have a very close working relationship with the GBI. The Macon Bomb Squad, and Warner Robins Police Department, Houston County Sheriff as well.”
Welsh says Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth, Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia’s Congressional delegation were part of the effort to rescind the cuts.