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Proposed Military Cuts Loom Over Tucson Air Force Base

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February 24, 2014 AT 11:30 AM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel likely faces a tough uphill climb as he pushes the Pentagon and Capitol Hill to cut billions of dollars from the U.S. defense budget — but the terrain ahead could be even tougher for the millions of ordinary Americans caught in the crossfire. The looming cuts won't just shrink the size of the Army and shutter military programs. They may also rupture economies and upend daily lives in the scores of communities dependent on Defense Department activities. Communities like Tucson, Ariz., home of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, will likely be hit hard by one of the key proposals in the Defense plan: the elimination of the nation's fleet of A-10 tank killer aircraft.