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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testify before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee, Feb. 27, 2015, in Washington. D.C. The two leaders met with the House members to discuss the Air Force's Fiscal Year 2016 President's Budget Request.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) AF leaders seek relief from sequestration-level funding
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III discussed the damaging effects of sequestration with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27.
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2015
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer provides an update of current readiness of the U.S. Air Force before the Senate Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2014.  Also testifying for their own services were Gen. John F. Campbell, Army Vice Chief of Staff; Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Vice Adm. Philip Hart Cullom, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Military officials testify on sequestration, readiness
Sequestration would degrade military readiness, senior military officials recently told a Senate panel.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo AF envisions smaller force to preserve readiness
Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference today, the Air Force's top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force.
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2013
Default Air Force Logo AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping
The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced.
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Hagel focuses on readiness at Reagan Library Speech
Long-term preparedness and near-term readiness are being affected by sequestration and America ignores this rise in risk at its peril, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Nov. 16, in California today. Hagel spoke at the first Reagan National Security Forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. The secretary believes it was appropriate to highlight readiness at the Reagan conference, because Ronald Reagan faced a military readiness crisis when he took office in 1981. The American military was a “hollow force” when Reagan became president and changing that became a priority.
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2013
Default Air Force Logo CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes
Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service's chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12.
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2013
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, gives opening remarks the impacts of sequestration on the Department of Defense during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Nov. 7, 2013, Washington, D.C.  Among other concerns, Welsh emphasized the danger of having to choose between a ready force today, or a modern force tomorrow. Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration
As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the military's service chiefs testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members.
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2013
Lt. Gen. Michael Moeller  testifies on the significant impacts of the continuing resolution and sequestration to the House of Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, Oct. 23, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Moeller is the Air Force deputy chief of strategic plans and programs. AF leaders describe future force under sequestration
Two senior Air Force leaders testified before Congress Oct. 23 along with their Army and Navy counterparts on the impact of the continuing resolution and sequestration on the service’s acquisition and modernization programs.
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2013
Pilots from the 421st Fighter Squadron listen to a mission briefing before their scheduled sortie Sept. 11, 2013, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The squadron is flying at combat-mission ready status after more than three months of flying drastically reduced hours during sequestration. The 4th FS, the 421st’s sister-squadron, stood down completely during the sequester.  Struggles of sequestration: Fighter wing gets creative during 3-month down time
It was an eerie sight at this normally bustling F-16 base. The flight line was completely clear of aircraft. Tools were neatly tucked away, hangars were silent and operations had completely come to a halt. For the 388th Fighter Wing, it meant the start of sequestration, with one fighter squadron forced to reduce flying hours and another squadron completely shut down.
0 10/15
2013
Default Air Force Logo Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness
Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within DOD, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve comes under the Department of Homeland Security.
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