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Air Force to cut base
maintenance, nonessentials

Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/14/2013 12:28:53 PM

The Air Force is canceling all nonessential travel, conferences and research and is cutting its budget for base maintenance in half to deal with the threat of drastic, automatic spending cuts due to begin March 1, the service’s chiefs say. In addition, the Air Force will have to slash its flying hours by 18 percent and its aircraft maintenance by 17 percent if the spending cuts occur, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the service’s chief of staff, state in a Jan. 7 memo. The Washington Times has obtained a copy of the memo, which first was reported by

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Sequestration, Congress´s way to scare US by cutting back on Military readiness. If the members had a "no-gun-zone around them, cabinet leaders drove regular cars not armored up and sent their kids to public school, then, I might see we´re all in this together. But, I would always feed our troops first before US.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 1/14/2013 12:53:29 PM     (No. 9115875)

This will work out well. s/o
Remember what happened in the Carter years - especially when we had to send equipment into Iran that hadn´t been well-maintained?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: gator, 1/14/2013 12:57:43 PM     (No. 9115888)

The speed of the collapse of this nation increases exponentially by the day.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: phx4546, 1/14/2013 12:58:25 PM     (No. 9115890)

"The Air Force is canceling all nonessential travel, conferences and research"

We are broke, only zippy doesn´t know this.

Why does a country that is broke have "non-essential" expenses?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 1/14/2013 1:08:14 PM     (No. 9115913)

Its been a while since I was around an AF base, but why go after the planes first? Why not cut out new office furniture, useless office renovations, painting contractors, biofuel vehicles, interior decorators and landscaping contractors? Not to mention the environmental offices and hazmat contractors who get rid of the paint and break light bulbs? What about the environmental types who would not let us dig fox holes because it might disturb the water table and historic dirt? Are they still on the payroll?
How about the people who keep changing the uniform?
Lots of waste in the AF.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: viking diver, 1/14/2013 1:28:35 PM     (No. 9115960)

when I was in the AF, we did our own cleaning, grass cutting, painting and equipment maintenance. Get enough demerits and yep you would be on the saturday work crew doing what ever need doing. This is getting to be as bad as pre WWII when they "practiced" with broom sticks for rifles.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 1/14/2013 1:36:27 PM     (No. 9115981)

Since none of the Europe based US Air Force installations were available to help in Benghazi, I guess most if not all can be downsized or closed long before any installation in the US or the Middle East is impacted...save the Turkey installations for the time being and maybe they will learn how to bow to our continued presence as the rest of Europe whines from the economic loss...two more US Navy aircraft battle groups roaming from the Eastern Med up past the UK towards Finland oughta compensate for the AF closures in Europe...keep the EuroWeenies guessing about ports of call...oh, and close the US Army installations too…

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lilo, 1/14/2013 1:53:42 PM     (No. 9116013)

Does this mean no more vacations on air force won?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hotrod, 1/14/2013 2:38:41 PM     (No. 9116102)

Congress needs to lift most of the environmental compliance and management requirements from the military, so that the money can go to mission-essential needs. I don´t think anyone knows how much money is spent on that stuff, just to appease the envirowackos.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 1/14/2013 3:26:17 PM     (No. 9116182)

I wish I had a B52.....I know what I´d do with it!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/14/2013 3:35:49 PM     (No. 9116195)

When Robert McNamara was secretary of defense, he indirectly forced those of us working in USAF hospitals to use up EWP supplies, including medicine, in order to properly provide medical care to GIs and their dependents. (EWP stood for Emergency War Preparedness) So McNamara was able to pretend to hold down military spending, while he and JFK were ready to go to war with the USSR over Berlin, Cuba, and, unfortunately, Viet nam.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 1/14/2013 5:04:25 PM     (No. 9116348)

I remember during the Carter glory years the AF was taking F-15´s out of the factory, removing the engines and flying them back (on a C-141) to get another airplane. They hoped they would get money for engines later.
Since Dear Leader has decided that we are going to be a second rate country, close the overseas bases and bring the troops home.
What a disaster this man(?) is.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Nodak, 1/14/2013 5:17:50 PM     (No. 9116373)

They should ground AF1

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Reply 13 - Posted by: garyhope, 1/14/2013 5:45:25 PM     (No. 9116416)

Under the aegis of Obama and the Democrats, the US is committing suicide from within. This is part of Obama´s and the Democrats plan to destroy this country totally. They want us all defenseless personally and nationally. Total treason.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: rocco49, 1/14/2013 7:23:26 PM     (No. 9116579)

More US soldiers died in the Civil War than in all the other conflicts combined. Think that will ever happen again? Just asking.


Semper Paratus

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