Obama’s Budget Failures Ground “Blue Angels”

Obama’s Budget Failures Ground “Blue Angels”



300px-BlueangelsformationpdThe Chief of Naval Operations is planning on grounding the Blue Angels if the sequester takes effect, canceling 30 shows.  The move will save $20 million.

With military concern about budget cuts set to hit the Pentagon and federal government March 1 reaching a crescendo, the Navy is prepared to ground the famous squadron for the second half of the 2013, according to an internal Navy memo.

The memo and an accompanying slide show, sent out by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert last week, show plans to cut all funding for the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron and the country’s oldest flying aerobatic team.

It isn’t just the Angels that are getting shut down.  Actual ship movements and readiness training are being impacted:

If Congress can’t reach a deal in the next few weeks, the Navy is prepared to stop deployments to the Caribbean and South American, limit European deployments to only those supporting ballistic missile defense missions, reduce the number of ships and aircraft deployed and reduce the number of days at sea and flying hours across the entire force, according to the memo.

In addition, the Navy would stop training, flying and other operations for the majority of ships and aircraft preparing to deploy, “unless funded by Fleet Commander’s proposed offsets.” Adm. Greenert said the Navy also would consider the possibility of civilian furloughs of up to 22 days.

This is a direct result of reckless fiscal policy and failures to produce budgets.  The House Republicans have passed budgets, only to have Senate Democrats do nothing.

 

  • http://twitter.com/toothii Gary Moscowitz

    There were better ways to cut back spending, but the tax and spend liberals just couldn’t get the courage to do so….so this is a forced cutback in spending. It will hurt the military, but I have confidence that they will come thru this leaner and meaner! Grounding the Blue Angels is unfortunate and perhaps there’s a way that the show sponsors could pay for their services for they are really good ambassadors to the public and connect with them in a real and meaningful way. Maybe 6 months of this austerity budgeting, something millions of us have had to do for a few years now, will bring some common sense and commonality to Washington. Semper Fi!!

  • jjjddd

    THE U.S. NAVY’S — 7 AIRCRAFT FLIGHT DEMOSTRATION TEAM ” THE WORLD FAMOUS BLUE ANGELS” CONSISTING OF “1 – C-130 HERCULES & 6 F-18 HORNET AIRCRAFT” & WILL BE TRANSFERED TO EYGPT FOR USE AS EYGPT SEE’S FIT!

    NOTIBILY AS THE NEW GIFT OF OBUMA’S TO ISLAM FOR THE:

    ‘MUSLIM’S BROTHERHOODS’ “NEW FLIGHT DEMOSTRATION TEAM” THE “BLACK ANGELS”!