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Mullen Visits Afghanistan, Hears Troop Concerns over Budget

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Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heard concerns from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan this week over how budget cuts would affect them.

The AP reports Mullen is on his 15th trip to Afghanistan, two months before he retires. Mullen opened the floor to questions from troops stationed in Kandahar and at Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan.

AFPS reports troops asked Mullen about the the ongoing debt crisis in Washington and military benefits, namely over whether or not they would get paid.

“I actually don’t know the answer to that question,” Mullen said. “I have confidence that at some point in time, whatever compensation you are owed, you will be given.”

Mullen told troops at Camp Leatherneck the Defense Department will have to make budget adjustments in a balanced way, but any cuts will have to be done slowly to allow troops to adjust.

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