Nebraska National Guard cancels events due to funding shortfall

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:30 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - With the National Guard still awaiting reimbursement for its help securing the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the funding shortfall has forced the cancellation of several upcoming Nebraska National Guard events.

The Nebraska National Guard said Wednesday that it is canceling six events planned for August and September to avoid risking the cancellation of annual training. Among the cancellations is the annual marksmanship training set for Aug. 6-8 at the Greenlief Training Site near Hastings.

“We estimate the potential loss or impact to the Nebraska National Guard would be $3.4 million if the National Guard Bureau has to pull funds back from the states in order to avoid violation of the Antideficiency Act,” a spokesman for the Nebraska National Guard said in a written response to 6 News on Wednesday.

Individual training course sessions for some Guard members may also be canceled, the spokesman said.

“During his testimony to the Senate and House Appropriation Committees, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, identified August 1, 2021, as the date by which the National Guard must have funds available for obligation to avoid possible cancellation of Annual Training periods and weekend training assemblies in August and September,” the spokesman said.

August and September are the last months of the 2021 fiscal year.

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