MONTGOMERY, Alabama (February 23, 2015) – Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey on Monday addressed a delegation from the United States Army visiting Fort Rucker. The delegation is traveling to military communities throughout the country to gather information and testimonies about the potential impact of proposed sequestration cuts. Sequestration refers to the mandatory automatic federal budget cuts passed in the Budget Control Act of 2011. If sequestration goes into effect as planned on October 1, 2015, Fort Rucker could see a dramatic cut to funds and forces.

“Sequestration has been, and may continue to be, a serious challenge to our nation’s military readiness, as well as a challenge to the people and communities that support our military. I fully support Congress in seeking ways to reduce federal spending and the deficit, however, I do not support sequestration as a method to accomplish this,” Ivey said.

Lieutenant Governor Ivey spoke on behalf of the State and as Chair of the Military Stability Commission (MSC), a group created in 2011 to coordinate a statewide approach to protect and strengthen Alabama’s military assets.

During her remarks, Lieutenant Governor Ivey took the opportunity to announce the recent election of leadership of the Military Stability Foundation, a private, non-profit organization established to support MSC. Mike Ward of Huntsville was re-elected as Chair and John Mitchell of Enterprise was elected as Vice Chair.

Ward is Vice President of Government Affairs for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and has served as a member of MSF since 2011. Mitchell, a Vietnam veteran and owner of several Wiregrass car dealerships, has been heavily involved in Fort Rucker support organizations for many years, including Friends of Fort Rucker, the Association of United States Army, Army Aviation Association of America, and the Army Aviation Museum Foundation.

“Mr. Ward and Mr. Mitchell realize the gravity of the threat that sequestration and BRAC have on their respective communities and the entire state, so I am confident they will help continue the work that the Military Stability Foundation and Commission have begun,” Ivey said.

Ivey concluded, “Alabama is at the ready. We read the same international headlines as everyone else and we are confident that our military service members stand competent and ready to defend freedom. Fort Rucker is vital to the Army’s combat preparedness. The training that takes place at Fort Rucker is often the difference in a matter of life or death on the battlefield. It is important that defense cuts and realignments be done in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. Sequestration is not the right way to go about that.”

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