DOD releases FY 14 defense budget proposal
President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority April 10 to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal 2014.
The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible efficiencies in military treatment facilities, and terminating and restructuring lower-priority and poorly performing weapons programs. The budget slows the growth of military pay and benefits while continuing to support the all-volunteer force.
The proposed fiscal 2014 budget continues the implementation and deepening of program alignment to the department’s strategic guidance released in January 2012, “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” It continues plans to reduce the size of military forces, consistent with the new strategy. It also seeks to create military forces that are ready and capable across the spectrum of military missions.
The budget makes a continued commitment to the department’s people, who remain central to Defense Department’s mission. The proposal requests funding to ensure that U.S. personnel are well-compensated and properly equipped, trained and led. We will also continue to invest in critical programs for areas such as transition assistance, wounded warriors, suicide prevention, and sexual assault prevention and response.
More than three dozen Airmen, including one U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, have been selected for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. IPAP is now open to enlisted, officers and Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. Once enlisted members complete the program, they will be commissioned as first lieutenants.
Eighteen Airmen in the 557th Expeditionary Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron and 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Forces Squadron were awarded an Army Commendation or Achievement Medal for their support of the 1st Battalion, 43th Air Defense Artillery April 9. The Airmen moved more than 36,000 metric tons of dirt, constructed more than three miles of roadway and set up a 36-acre site.
The Air Force Reserve celebrated 65 years of historic service April 9. It was established on April 14, 1948, after President Harry Truman signed the legislation. The task is to fill the needs of the armed forces whenever more units and people are required than are in the Regular Air Force.
Airmen and Soldiers at Bagram Airfield gave Afghan students English lessons at the Korean Vocational Training Center April 11. The course lasts nine months and has a highly competitive entry process. Of the 300 Afghan applicants, only 130 are selected each time.