Despite Military leaders repeatedly saying sequestration is at the heart of Alaska’s recent military reductions, Alaska’s delegation superfluously “seeks answers”

ANCHORAGE: While Alaska’s delegation “seeks answers” to the troop reductions, as early as 2014, the Army Chief of Staff warned about troop reductions due to sequestration. Murkowski and Young both voted for sequestration.

Here are the answers that Alaska’s delegation refuses to hear:

“The abruptness and inflexibility of sequestration will force us to mortgage the condition of our equipment and could erode our readiness to dangerous levels. The indiscriminate nature of sequestration is creating its very own national security problem,” –, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, 9/18/13

“ ‘As they see we're not going to invest in them, [our soldiers] begin to lose faith,’ said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. ‘Sometimes we take for granted the level of ability of our people, and the level of investment we've made in their training, which is central to everything we do. With sequestration, we are going to have to reduce that for sure.’ " –, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, 1/28/15

“Sequestration will erode the trust that our young men and women in uniform, civil servants and families have in their leadership,” said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commandant of the Marines. “And the cost of losing that trust is incalculable.” – LATimes, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr, 1/29/15

“Devastating reductions to both civilian personnel and military end strength would impact every Army medicine program," –, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, 4/15/15

“Swan noted things ‘could get even worse’ if budget sequestration continues, and the Army drops to 420,000 soldiers by 2020.” – ADN, Lt. Gen (Ret.) Guy C. Swan III, vice president at the U.S. Association of the Army, 7/8/15

“Sequestration is the most significant military readiness and national security threat of the 21st century, and despite almost universal congressional opposition to it, no member of the House or Senate has yet introduced any legislation to end it.” Veterans of Foreign Wars, John W. Stroud, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, 7/10/15