Budget Battles Put Military in ‘Reaction mode’

Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:31am

The State reports from South Carolina that “military leaders from bases across the state complained to Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday afternoon that budget cuts and ongoing fights over the federal budget are hurting their ability to complete their missions.”

“At Shaw Air Force Base, the commander of the 20th Fighter Wing, has seen one of his three squadrons of F-16 fighter jets grounded and maintenance on them frozen. He has had to cut training for his pilots. And as installation commander he has had to close the base library, find ways to privatize the golf course and the officers club and even stop cutting the grass.”

“’We are down to an emergency worker situation … reaction mode,’ Col. Clay Hall said at a meeting of the S.C. Military Base Task Force.”