Marine Corps Commandant stresses impact of sequestration - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Marine Corps Commandant stresses impact of sequestration

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Automatic spending cuts are being felt across the board, and now, Marine Corps Commandant James Amos is pleading to his troops to make every penny count.

In this video released on Friday, Amos told soldiers sequestration means "This is no time to do business as usual."

"Save every round, every gallon of gas."

"Take every aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for your buck," he said in the video.

In the video, Amos also urged Marines to realize they will have to continue to sacrifice and fight hard. He said the landscape has changed, and he wants soldiers to be conservative with assets and become part of the solution to the spending cuts. He also explained that soldiers can expect to see everything from decreased facility maintenance to gate hour changes. 

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA-R) is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which met Tuesday for their annual open hearing on worldwide threats. The issue of sequestration was a significant one, and Chambliss told WTOC the Senate is working on a contending resolution that seeks to give more flexibility to the military with regards to how they achieve savings. He also applauded Amos' message.

"I think it shows good leadership on the Commandant's part. We've got to be more judicious in the way we spend federal tax money."

But on the other hand, Chambliss also said it's the Constitution calls on policy makers in Congress to provide for the national security of our country.

In the hearing today, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said the cuts will be felt throughout the U.S. intelligence community. Those $85 billion cuts began on March 1.

Copyright 2013 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Tropical Update: Alberto sending bands of rain to the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

    Tropical Update: Alberto sending bands of rain to the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:42:14 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Moisture from Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto will surge into the southeastern United States over the next 24-hours; widespread wet weather is likely Sunday into Monday.

    More >>

    Moisture from Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto will surge into the southeastern United States over the next 24-hours; widespread wet weather is likely Sunday into Monday.

    More >>
  • Savannah law enforcement patrolling land and water over holiday weekend

    Savannah law enforcement patrolling land and water over holiday weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:19:46 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    Memorial Day weekend is in full effect, which means that law enforcement is out in full force. The Department of Natural Resources is also stressing safety throughout the weekend.  Officers say that they'll be cracking down on the usual charges, such as those not wearing seatbelts, or drinking and driving. But they are also on the hunt for anyone who is distracted while driving.  "Well I checked the jail when I left a few minutes ago and we have openings," s...More >>
    Memorial Day weekend is in full effect, which means that law enforcement is out in full force. The Department of Natural Resources is also stressing safety throughout the weekend.  Officers say that they'll be cracking down on the usual charges, such as those not wearing seatbelts, or drinking and driving. But they are also on the hunt for anyone who is distracted while driving.  "Well I checked the jail when I left a few minutes ago and we have openings," s...More >>
  • Quilts of Valor provides healing and comfort to Savannah veterans

    Quilts of Valor provides healing and comfort to Savannah veterans

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-05-26 22:33:40 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Quilts of Valor awarded two Savannah Army veterans with quilts on Saturday as a way to thank them for their military service.  Founded in 2003, the organization awards quilts to active service members and veterans to promote healing and comfort. Since their founding, they've awarded around 187-thousand quilts. "...to be able to look at somebody I know who has been through sleepless nights, not able to brush their teeth, not able to shampoo their hair. The smells they ...

    More >>

    Quilts of Valor awarded two Savannah Army veterans with quilts on Saturday as a way to thank them for their military service.  Founded in 2003, the organization awards quilts to active service members and veterans to promote healing and comfort. Since their founding, they've awarded around 187-thousand quilts. "...to be able to look at somebody I know who has been through sleepless nights, not able to brush their teeth, not able to shampoo their hair. The smells they ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly