Reduced Flying Hours Grounding 17 USAF Combat Air SquadronsSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 09:57
Reduced Flying Hours Grounding 17 USAF Combat Air Squadrons
By Brian Everstine and Marcus Weisgerber | Staff writers
April 08, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times.
The Air Force's budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making it impossible to keep all squadrons ready for combat, according to an April 5 memo signed by Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, director of operations for Air Combat Command. The across-the board spending cuts, called sequestration, took effect March 1 when Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.