Air Force

October 17, 2013

Public engagement once again affected

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kristi Machado)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events being canceled or withdrawn this year.

As a result of sequestration and the government shutdown, roughly 45 million people did not get the chance to see the U.S. Air Force in action.

During the current lapse in appropriations, measures were taken to correctly follow the dictates of the law and policy on how the Air Force will continue business in the community and public outreach departments.

“The lapse in appropriations has forced the Air Force and all of the Department of Defense, to once again stop all community outreach, even local no-cost efforts,” said Wendy Varhegyi, Air Force Engagement division chief.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has issued The Contingency Plan Guidance for Continuation of Essential Operations, which outlines missions and functions that may continue and/or must cease during the lapse in appropriations. The Department can legally only support those functions that directly support of ongoing military (wartime) operations or that are directly related to the safety of life and protection of property.

Unfortunately, most community activities do not fit within the narrow list of operations that the Air Force can continue to support during the lapse in appropriations.

Effective Oct 1, 2013, the following outreach programs will not be supported, until a budget or a continuing resolution has been passed and signed by the president.

All public flyovers (funeral flyovers will continue as authorized under fiscal year 2013 sequestration guidance)

All demonstration team performances. (Thunderbirds, Wings of Blue, etc.)

All public honor guard and drill team performances.

All public band concerts.

Any speeches, tours or other community events that are not directly related to an excepted operation.

Any units (band, aviation, honor guard, etc.) currently at a temporary duty assignment are directed to return to home station in rapid, but safe orderly fashion.

Though operations in outreach have currently ceased, departments await appropriations so things can get back to normal.

“We are anxious to see an appropriation, so that we can once again engage with the American public in a fiscally responsible manner,” Varhegyi said. “Public engagement is crucial to maintaining essential public trust and confidence in our institution.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24. The first topic of discussion w...
 
 
SAPR_pict

Air Force extends SAPR services to AF civilians

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a policy memo today allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual a...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Loicano

Secure Research Wing broadens Air University horizons

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Air University marked a progressive step forward in faculty and student academic research opportunities with the opening of a new Secure Research Wing Aug. 19. A project two years in the mak...
 

 
Photo: Pilot_pict

Pilot chases Olympic dreams

Photo: Pilot_pict Capt. Daniel Castle, a 349th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, is passionate about running for the love of competition, reducing stress and pushing himself to do the best in everything he does. (U.S. Air Force pho...
 
 
dragon2

Air Force adopts new dragon

Lt. Gen. Bill Bender, the Air Force chief information officer, and Maj. Gen. Martin Whelan, the Air Force director of future operations, have partnered to increase awareness of the importance of operations security and cybersec...
 
 

AF seeks GEICO 2015 Military Service Award nominees

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2015 Government Employees Insurance Company Military Service Awards. The annual awards recognize enlisted members from all military service branches, including active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, for their contributions to military and civilian communities. The three aw...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>