Cuts in funding at the Department of Defense will result in the elimination of the Readiness Sustainment Maintenance Site facility in Salina and a loss in jobs at Fort Riley and Salina.
Sharon Watson, director of public affairs for the Kansas Adjutant General’s office, said between 97 and 112 jobs will be eliminated of the 182 total jobs at Fort Riley and Salina.
There are 45 employees in Salina. Watson wouldn’t say how many of those jobs would be eliminated, but said some will be moved to Fort Riley.
“It is certainly a disappointing situation for us, the city of Salina and Fort Riley,” Watson said. “This is something we didn’t want to see, but with the federal budget discussions, thought it could happen. We didn’t know what part of the Kansas National Guard would be affected.”
The RSMS’s budget is being cut from $22 million to between $5.7 million and $7 million in 2014, he said.
“We will know the exact amount of the cuts by the end of the fiscal year,” Watson said. “The exact numbers may vary, as well as the positions affected. We have an approximate amount. It will change in how we remain operational.”
Employees will learn about the cuts Friday during simultaneous meetings in Salina and Fort Riley.