FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Army Vice Chief of Staff John Campbell says senior leaders implementing federal budget cuts will remain focused on soldiers and units still in Afghanistan.
The general, who became vice chief of staff on March 8, spoke Monday at Fort Leavenworth. He says he told new battalion and brigade commanders studying at the Kansas post that there will be challenges ahead.
Campbell says the impact of the automatic federal budget cuts was amplified for the Army because of other spending reductions in the current fiscal year. He estimated the Army was nearly $30 billion below what was requested for ongoing missions and operations.
Campbell also says the reductions will affect military training and many programs throughout the Army, including potential furloughs of civilian employees beginning in April.