AUSTIN, Texas  – Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday released the following statement regarding force reductions to the Texas Army National Guard ordered by the National Guard Bureau:

“There are many ways to balance the federal budget, but this decision to eliminate the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s headquarters risks Texas’ ability to properly respond to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, and is short-sighted. Over the past decade, the Texas Guard has responded to more than 150 disasters in Texas and surrounding states, saving countless lives and helping families in distress. The Texas Guard also plays a vital role in our nation’s War on Terror. Diminishing the Guard’s capacity to help in a time of national need is irresponsible. Instead of eliminating the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s headquarters, we must do all we can to support the citizen-soldiers we rely on to protect our safety, and our nation.”