Just last week, the Secretary of Defense visited Barksdale Air Force Base. During his speech, he talked about the importance of the Air Force to the future security of our country.
But what loomed in the background are proposed budget cuts which could significantly impact the base.
In fact, the A-10 Fighter planes which are often seen over the skies of Bossier City could very well be eliminated and with them, some 500 jobs at Barksdale.
It's all part of the administration's plan to cut $487 billion from the defense budget over the next decade. Now this isn't the first time budget cuts have threatened Barksdale. But time and time again, the base has survived. There is no reason to believe it won't survive this time.
In fact, over the past few years, the base has evolved. The Global Strike Command now calls Barksdale home. That command brought with it some 900 jobs.
And despite, looming budget cuts, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta stressed the importance of Barksdale. He said Barksdale is one of our premiere air bases. He said it will remain a key priority in the future.
That's good news for all of us. I'm James Smith.