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Army cutbacks won't affect state's largest Guard unit

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Soldiers from the National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team prepare to take part in a change of command ceremony Friday. Soldiers from the National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team prepare to take part in a change of command ceremony Friday.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

The Army this week announced plans to cut one dozen active-duty combat brigades, in a move to downsize the service by 80,000 troops. The current reduction in force would not affect reserve component forces, such as Mississippi's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team.

But, if further cuts come, the state's top National Guard commander believes the unit is well-positioned to survive them.

"We feel that we're in pretty good shape right now to weather the storm, as far as any cuts are concerned with this particular brigade," said Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Mississippi's adjutant general. "Not only do we have the new combat vehicles, but we have all the new digitized, computerized intelligence communications equipment that other brigades around the country don't have and we've already gone through the new equipment training, so we're qualified to operate this type of equipment," Collins said. 

Parts of the 155th are currently undergoing annual training at Camp Shelby.

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