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Pentagon letter to Ohio governor details defense budget cuts

COLUMBUS, – A Pentagon letter warns automatic defense budget cuts will include at least $5 million to Army and Air Force operations in Ohio.

In the Friday letter obtained by The Associated Press, a Defense Department official told Gov. John Kasich the Air Force will lose $3 million for Ohio operations, including facilities projects at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The Army would lose $2 million and see cuts at Camp Perry along Lake Erie.

The Republican governor’s spokesman confirmed he received the letter but had no further comment.

The reductions are part of $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts that were taking effect Friday at midnight.

The Defense Department also has warned of possible furloughs for 26,000 civilian defense employees in Ohio, amounting to about $166 million.