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3 guard units to close in northern Wisconsin


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Army National Guard is closing three engineer units in northern Wisconsin.

The closures are part of the new defense budget passed by Congress which includes cuts throughout the Department of Defense.

The units that are to be dissolved in 2017 include the 724th Engineer Battalion headquarters and the 949th Engineer Detachment in Chippewa Falls, as well as the 724th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Co. in Hayward.

Wisconsin National Guard Maj. Paul Rickert tells the Journal Sentinel the communities will not lose their armories. In addition to the unit closures, 36 full-time positions and 274 part-time jobs will be cut by 2017.

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