Gov. Haley: We Must Reverse Cuts to Nation’s Military Forces

Nikki Haley,  Dick Riley, Jim Hodges, Gilda Cobb Hunter, David Beasley
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs a bill into law as former South Carolina governors and officials look on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The law enables the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised to protest the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley has told a group of senior military officers cuts to the nation’s military have gone too far and she wants to work to reverse them.

The Republican governor made the comments Wednesday during her annual meeting with the commanders of the state’s military installations.

Haley told the group recent cuts to U.S. forces mean the nation’s military isn’t ready.

The group of 10 officers at the session represented Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard installations. They ranged from the three-star general in charge of U.S. Army Central, which supports U.S. forces in the Middle East, western Africa and southwest Asia, to the Navy captain who oversees the Naval Hospital in Beaufort.

Many officers told the governor they are worried about continued automatic budget cuts.

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