by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam National Guard remains on-guard as the Department of Defense's announced nearly 9,000 civilian jobs will be cut from the U.S. Army by September 2012. Guam National Guard Adjutant General Benny Paulino says the cuts are based on the $450 billion reduction for the DOD from President Barack Obama's budget.
He says immediate impacts will affect active duty employees who work on major Army installations, but he says this doesn't mean civilian employees in the Guam Guard are out of the woods just yet. He noted, "I'm bracing myself and we will see what impact of reduction is going to be, but I just don't think Guam National Guard is going to escape any of those cuts, hopefully we can minimize those cuts but its inevitable that these cuts are coming."
General Paulino adds he recently met with other high-ranking military officials who discussed DOD is still discussing other areas cuts can be made.