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Amy Schlesing

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Military affairs reporter

Recent Stories by Amy Schlesing

Sequester cuts will hurt, Arkansas officials say

posted: 02/26/2013 12:51 a.m. Comments 4

Less than a week before automatic federal spending cuts are scheduled to take place, the White House released a snapshot showing how the reductions will be felt in Arkansas.

Bill aims to secure state money to aid veterans-home grant bid

posted: 02/14/2013 4:15 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. John Edwards, D-Little Rock, filed a bill Monday asking for up to $14 million to build and equip a new veterans nursing home, a necessary step if the state wants to obtain a federal grant to absorb much of the home’s construction costs.

Veterans home bids sought

posted: 02/02/2013 4:51 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Building Authority is accepting bids for the purchase of the former Little Rock Veterans Home at 4701 Charles Bussey Ave.

Ex-vets official is paid, cleared

posted: 01/30/2013 12:42 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs paid the former administrator of the Little Rock Veterans Home $150,000 late Monday and released a letter exonerating her of wrongdoing at the home, turning her termination into a resignation.

Pact relaxes rules on kids of servicemen

posted: 01/28/2013 12:04 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate passed a bill last week that would add Arkansas to a 43-state compact that waives state-specific academic requirements for the children of active-duty military members who have met similar requirements in other states.

188th’s A-10 loss all set, Arkansans hear

posted: 01/19/2013 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh confirmed Friday that the Arkansas National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing will trade its A-10 jets for two drone missions — one flying and another performing target analysis.

Red River Army Depot to cut temporary work force by 350

posted: 01/17/2013 3:38 a.m. Discuss

The Red River Army Depot is reducing its work force by about 350 temporary workers who were hired nine years ago to help rebuild Army vehicles damaged in blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Air Force base in Jacksonville told to set cuts

posted: 01/12/2013 3:53 a.m. Comments 3

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered sweeping operational cuts at all active-duty bases that will reduce flying time and freeze building maintenance, new contracts, equipment purchases and civilian hiring at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Wing among Air Force’s most efficient, Beebe asserts

posted: 01/11/2013 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe spoke out for the first time Thursday about proposed cuts to the Air National Guard and Little Rock Air Force Base, calling for Air Force officials to analyze the decisions based on efficiencies.

New Air Force plan cuts base C-130 fleet, staffing

posted: 01/06/2013 5:12 a.m. Comments 3

A new Air Force plan calls for deep cuts to the active duty force and C-130 cargo plane fleet at Little Rock Air Force Base while continuing to grow reserve forces, reflecting a Pentagon move to meet required spending cuts by shrinking the airlift fleet.

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