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Service chiefs ask Congress for fiscal help

Posted March 6, 2013 by Karen Parrish

The senior officers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force 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. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James…

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Time now to get smart on sequestration, furlough

Posted March 6, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notified Congress recently that should sequestration occur, the Department of Defense will initiate furlough for its 800,000-plus civilian employees. Congressional notification is required at least 45 days from a planned furlough, with implementation anticipated for late April, Air Force officials said. “The potential for sequestration-driven furlough continues to be a…

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Airmen build key Africa partnerships

Posted March 6, 2013 by MSgt. Stan Parker

Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Stan Parker SSgt. Daniel Borowski (left), an aerial port air adviser and TSgt. Colin Ireland (center), an aircraft maintenance air adviser, both assigned to the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., chat with a African partner nation exercise participant during Central Accord 2013, at the Douala Air…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted March 6, 2013 by Donna Miles

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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Budget cuts threaten defense industrial base, official says

Posted March 4, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Navy photograph by PO1 David McKee U.S. Navy hull maintenance technician fireman Ryan Renneker grinds a blank flange for a seawater cooler on one of the diesel engines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Arabian Sea, March 1, 2012. Large and sudden U.S. spending cuts and an unstable budget environment promise…

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Gray Eagle completes initial operational testing, evaluation

Posted March 4, 2013 by Kris Osborn

Army photograph The U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system recently completed a successful initial operating test & evaluation at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The U.S. Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system recently completed a successful initial operational testing and evaluation at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin,…

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Secretary details results of sequestration uncertainty

Posted March 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Soldier and Marine training, Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed thanks to the $47 billion in cuts DOD must make before Sept. 30, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 1. The secretary stressed at the start of his first press conference as Defense Secretary that the uncertainty caused by…

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AF leaders warn of sequester impacts on replacing an aging fleet

Posted March 4, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Two senior Air Force leaders warned last week of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service’s acquisitions and programs. Lt. Gens. Michael Moeller, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, and Charles Davis, the military deputy, office of assistant secretary of the Air Force acquisitions, testified to…

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Patriot Sands teams Reserve Airmen with federal agencies for contingency exercise

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A joint response exercise here brought Air Force and federal agencies together for a national contingency exercise, Feb. 21-23.

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