Armed Forces Honored By State

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Gov. Sam Brownback took time Wednesday to honor the men and women of the nation's military.

The Governor signed a proclamation declaring Wednesday as Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

Lt. Gen. David Perkins from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli and Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie from Fort Riley joined Brownback for the event.

"We are honored as a state to host several major facilities of the United States military," Brownback said. "We take delight in doing this. We are really happy being a military state."

Members of the Governor's Military Council were also in attendance. The group held a meeting Wednesday discussing strategy for maintaining military presence in Kansas.

The Defense Department projects cutting 114,000 personnel nationwide by 2021, which could mean losses for Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and McConnell Air Force Base.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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