News last week that the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center could lose 25 full-time positions because of the repercussions of the president's proposed 2013 fiscal budget is disheartening.
Col. Bryan Teff, CRTC commander, indicated that locally the budget would reduce staffing by 27 percent.
Simply put, that is unacceptable. Were that to occur, it would have a devastating impact to our local economy.
We urge local residents to rally around the CRTC and oppose the staff reductions by immediately contacting U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, as well as Congressman Dan Benishek, and voice your concerns.
While some might contend since Congress has not enacted any budget now for over 1,000 days anyway, what's the big deal? Obviously though the Department of Defense is under scrutiny to meet new staffing recommendations, and the only way to accomplish that is through reductions in numbers at all levels of the military.
At a time when there already was a lot of uncertainty and dark clouds hanging over the airport, we didn't need another for the base as well.
Hopefully other alternatives can be found and local CRTC jobs can be preserved.