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TN Guard: Army's helicopter plan could result in job cuts here

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Tennessee National Guard officials are upset with the Army's plan to cut a specific type of helicopter.

Currently, Tennessee is the only state in the nation that uses the Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

Some National Guard officials think eliminating it would also cut 113 full-time jobs and possibly two Army flight facilities across the state.

"The plan is to take all attack helicopters and reconnaissance helicopters out of the National Guard, which I feel is an absolute mistake. We are a brother in arms to the active component, and we need to be equipped and armed exactly like our active Army and Air Force counterparts," said Tennessee's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Max Haston.

Haston went on to say the loss of aircraft could also affect the Guard's ability to respond during domestic emergencies.

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