As the sequester cuts Obama signed into law in August 2011 draw closer to implementation, the Navy is making plans to ground the Blue Angels during the latter half of 2013.
This was revealed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert last week, when he sent out a memo showing the Navy’s plan for complying with the cuts.
Grounding the Blue Angels for half a year will entail canceling 30 shows and will save approximately $20 million.
Greenert says the Navy is already making cuts “because of Congress’s failures to pass…spending bills last year,” and if sequester hits it will cost them an additional $4 billion for 2013 alone.
Gut the military to fund obamacare and entitlement programs and this is what you get.
Same goes for the Thunderbirds:
With “fiscal cliff” budget cuts looming a few weeks away, Air Force leaders said Thursday they probably will cancel upcoming Red Flag air combat training exercises at Nellis Air Force Base and ground the Thunderbirds demonstration team if Congress and the White House don’t agree on a solution to the nation’s $16 trillion debt.
“I don’t know that I would say it would make Nellis ground zero, but we have talked about whether Red Flag would be canceled or curtailed,” Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer said in a news conference call from the Pentagon about the potential effects of automatic budget cuts.
Under those mandatory reductions, known as sequestration, Spencer said that like the Navy’s contingency plan for grounding the Blue Angels demonstration team, “we would discontinue the Thunderbirds probably around 1 April.”
“I wouldn’t want to single out Nellis, but the weapons school (and) a lot of those things that happen at Nellis will be heavily affected by this,” he said.