JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Cuts mandated by the Pentagon may trickle down to the Little Rock Air Force Base. The base could see cuts to those active duty and its C-130 Cargo Fleet.
Arkansas Republican Congressman Tim Griffin's office Monday issued this statement:
"The Obama Administration has proposed cuts to LRAFB's C-130 force structure down the road, but last month, we passed legislation that requires the Administration to present Congress with a plan that justifies any potential cuts before they can occur, and I'll continue to work with the other members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation to ensure LRAFB remains the C-130 capital of the world and center of excellence."
Amy Mattison with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce said the base is crucial to the economy of central Arkansas.
"We live and breathe air force blue here," said Mattison.
Larry Fulfer owns Larry's Barber Shop in Jacksonville and said most of his business comes from active duty personnel.
"Well if they have to, they have to, but I much prefer they leave them alone," said Fulfer.
According to the Little Rock Air Force Base Economic Impact Analysis for 2011, the base spent $748,409,716 in salaries.
It shows 8,134 active duty personnel in Arkansas during 2011.
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