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Sequestration and the Air Force

USAFE-AFAFRICA infrastructure under pressure    
5/21/2013 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa is seeing the ripple effect from sequestration. Budget cuts for this fiscal year to facilities sustainment and restoration are expected to cause readiness issues now and into the future. 

Air Force Reserve submits construction plans to Senate

5/16/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The top leaders from the Air Force's active and reserve components went to Capitol Hill May 15 to provide statements and answer questions about their plans for new construction projects in fiscal 2014.
DOD Comptroller: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness 
5/10/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- During a Senate hearing yesterday on President Barack Obama's $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces.

AF leaders highlight space program successes, address FY14 budget
4/18/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Space today is in as good a position as it's been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space.

Aviano services to change following sequester
4/17/2013 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Since mandatory sequestration budget cuts went into effect March 1, the 31st Force Support Squadron has been working to restructure major services on base due to a $400,000 shortfall in squadron funds.

Budget request provides for best Air Force possible, Welsh says
4/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force's $114.1 billion fiscal 2014 budget request will provide for the most capable airpower arm possible, the Air Force chief of staff said here today.

Pentagon delays sending furlough notices to civilian workforce
3/21/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they've had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department.

CMSAF discusses tuition assistance

3/18/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James Cody, took questions from Airmen here March 14, on the decision to suspend military tuition assistance.

AF to retain additional intratheater airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014
3/13/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced it will retain additional airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014 in response to a congressional mandate to retain an inventory of 358 intratheater airlift aircraft.

Air Force suspends military tuition assistance 
3/12/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11.

Sequestration Update: DoDEA schools
Sequestration is a word in all our vocabularies these days--and rightfully so. As parents, you are concerned and want to know what kind of impact this will have on the schools and your children. As educators, we want to know how our system will cope, finding the right answers for our students and for our employees. 

Air Force suspends tuition assistance program
3/12/2013 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Tuition assistance for active duty and reserve Airmen has been temporarily suspended.

COMMENTARY: Sequestration is a big deal, so are you
3/12/2013 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- As you know, budget cuts went into effect March 1. Across the command we took action to help manage the impact and to prepare for a worst-case scenario. We are in the process of cutting non-mission critical travel, base maintenance contracts, and facility projects, and we are anticipating steep cuts to our flying hour program. Other potential cuts are almost certain to affect you and our mission.
Furloughs can begin April 26, DOD comptroller says

3/11/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department's comptroller said here March 11.

Sequestration impact across Air Force
3/8/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service's Airmen last week on how the service will operate under sequestration and a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Service chiefs ask congress for fiscal help
3/5/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFPS) -- The senior officers from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps asked Congress March 5 for more spending flexibility so they can maintain military readiness as the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts take effect.

Strategic Command: Cuts could erode capabilities 
3/5/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The U.S. Strategic Command can execute its full mission responsibilities today, but the impacts of fiscal uncertainty and declining resources in the next six months or a year could change that, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said today.

AF personnel chief: 'sequestration sends wrong signal to workforce' 3/1/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force's top personnel chief testified to Congress on the impact to military end strength in a budget constrained environment on Capitol Hill Feb. 27 during a House Armed Services Subcommittee military personnel hearing.

AF leaders warn of sequester impacts on replacing an aging fleet 
3/1/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Two senior Air Force leaders here this week warned of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service's acquisitions and programs.

Aviano prepares for looming sequester
2/25/2013 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Over the past several weeks, officials at Aviano have implemented new restrictions due to budget uncertainty stemming from the sequester scheduled to occur March 1 unless Congress agrees on an alternative.

COMMENTARY: Sequestration: How USAFE-AFAFRICA may be affected  2/25/2013 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- As we approach the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect on March 1, I would like to share some of my thoughts on how our command may be affected and how we will respond.

If sequestration triggers, furloughs begin in late April
2/20/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- If sequestration is triggered next week, unpaid furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees will start in late April, Pentagon officials said here today.

Panetta issues message to DOD workforce on sequestration
2/20/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today issued a message to the Defense Department workforce.

ACC continues planning for sequestration impacts
2/20/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- With major, across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today issued a message to the Defense Department workforce.

FY2013 budget cuts to impact U.S. Air Forces in Europe
2/17/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force released its fiscal 2013 budget Feb. 13 and stressed the need for difficult budgetary cuts to meet the new defense strategy while maintaining the service's agility, flexibility and readiness. These cuts include several impacts to force structure in Europe.

Welsh: Sequestration will 'undermine' readiness
2/13/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Unprecedented budget factors have placed the nation's defense strategy in jeopardy, senior Department of Defense leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 12.
During his opening remarks, the chief of staff of the Air Force stressed the severity of the current fiscal situation.

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating
2/8/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be "devastating" to the service, officials said Feb. 7.

Air Force nuclear force anticipates budget constraints
2/6/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFPS) -- The Air Force Global Strike Command predicts budget cuts triggered by sequestration will reduce B-52 flying hours by 10 percent and lead to a 20 percent reduction in overall flying hours should the law kick in on March 1, Air Force Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski said.

Despite Smaller Budget, Air Force Seeks to Protect Satellites 1/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force's satellite constellations.

Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze
1/17/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16.

Morin talks sequestration, near-term budget actions
1/17/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The acting under secretary of the Air Force described how the nation's fiscal challenges are affecting the service to a group of civic and industry leaders in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15.

Air Force leaders deliver budget guidance to force
1/17/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force leaders delivered guidance to the force recently, telling them to begin planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said Jan. 11 in a press briefing.