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Kansas support for Fort Riley is strong

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., right, speaks to the media before a town hall meeting Monday regarding the future of Fort Riley Kansas Senators Jerry Moran, left, and Pat Roberts talk in the background.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., right, speaks to the media before a town hall meeting Monday regarding the future of Fort Riley Kansas Senators Jerry Moran, left, and Pat Roberts talk in the background. AP

That thousands showed up for a more than three-hour meeting Monday about possible cuts at Fort Riley sends a powerful message about the value of the fort to the state as well as the nation’s security. Even as its soldiers and leaders are engaged in the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, Fort Riley faces a possible reduction of more than 15,000 troops and another 600-plus civilians as part of the 2011 budget sequestration act. Surely the listening tour event, which was attended by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer as well as other dignitaries, impressed the U.S. Army delegation with its breadth, size and unified message. But will that support be remembered – or matter – when tough decisions are being made in Washington, D.C., especially given that Pompeo and fellow delegation members Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Lynn Jenkins voted for the sequestration cuts? – Rhonda Holman

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