Mississippi National Guard officers come to Biloxi to learn

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi National Guard hosted its annual officer's conference in Biloxi this weekend. Officers from around the state gathered to learn about issues that are affecting the National Guard on the state and national levels.

A series of speakers and workshops are being held for what Commanding General Augustus Collins calls professional development purposes.

Officers also got a chance to hear from senior leaders with the Army and Air National Guard.

Collins says one of the biggest challenges the National Guard is facing is budget cuts.

He feels the Air National Guard is in pretty good shape, but says there are potential cuts on the table for the Army National Guard.

"There are some proposals out there that show certain units in the state that might be divested, but we are still working to try and save those units and negotiate the numbers," said Collins. "Right now we really don't have any decisions that have been made, we are just working with the proposals at this point. "

The annual conference is held in a different part of Mississippi each year.

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