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Sequester hits Seymour Johnson, not Bragg schools

Posted April 12, 2013

— Federal budget cuts are grounding a squadron of F-15 Strike Eagles at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, but the cuts won't affect schools on Fort Bragg.

Air Combat Command directed the 4th Fighter Wing this week to stand down the 336th Fighter Squadron, which is known as the World Famous Rocketeers. The stand-down is part of an effort to fly 45,000 fewer training hours through the end of September, officials said.

"The stand-down will have a significant impact on the wing's overall operational readiness and ability to support contingencies around the world," Col. Jeannie Leavitt, 4th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. "Combat skills and proficiency are perishable and take time to be regained. Fighter aviation is a highly demanding endeavor and there is no room for error."

The 336th Fighter Squadron is one of two operational F-15E units based at Seymour Johnson, near Goldsboro.

With no allocated flying hours, the air crews will shift their focus to ground training, flight simulators and academic training, in an attempt to maintain basic skills and knowledge of their aircraft.

Meanwhile, Fort Bragg officials said that the potential for furloughs for Department of Defense employees won't affect schools on post for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

"(The) delay in implementing a furlough will result in no furlough days for school employees during the remainder of school year," Emily Marsh, superintendent of Fort Bragg Schools, said in a statement. "Schools will remain open and in full operation for the remainder of this school year."

Marsh said she doesn't know how furloughs will affect school in the fall but said administrators are planning for "a full year of academic credit for students."


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  • cwinslow Apr 15, 2013

    These pilots aren't going to loose their skills. Worse case scenario is that it might take an additional shell to drop an enemy plane, but with the heat seeking missles on board, and the flight simulators on the ground, these Heros will do just fine and we'll save a dollar of two in the process. Yeah Team!

  • hardycitrus Apr 12, 2013

    Sorry folks, time to pay for the Iraq war and Bush tax cuts.

  • hardycitrus Apr 12, 2013

    Wait, all of a sudden the GOP wants more government spending?

    Aren't budget cuts supposed to be like rocket fuel for the economy?

    Are we supposed to forget everything they've been saying for the last 30 years?

  • dehowell2 Apr 12, 2013

    I am positive that the most prayers on election night came from Rush and Glenn, praying that Prez would be reelected so they would not lose their jobs. The GOP has a chance to help improve America but they are all wimps. Even Pelosi is better and that is really bad coming from a Democrate

  • redwolfone Apr 12, 2013

    The stupidquester was PBO's idea. Nice try, but eventually people figure out the truth. Keep talking like a communist and warping the truth. It will never work out in the long run.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Apr 12, 2013

    We'll wait and see if Obama and family cancels any of their numerous vacations. Afterall, they've been known to take separate jets to their vacation sites.

  • Ripcord Apr 12, 2013

    "Nice try but you can blame this on your tea party and fellow repugnacan's" - razor2

    Bzzzt. The sequester was Obama's idea. This is what Hope and Change looks like.

  • Ex-Republican Apr 12, 2013

    "We should never let our guard down...we become very vulnerable and the world knows it!"
    Big Mike,

    It's part of Obama's grand scheme. So many libs hate to see America as the lone military might in the world.

  • medicine woman2 Apr 12, 2013

    All I can say is I didn't vote for him. Because I knew the victims would most likely out number his votes. Can't wait to see the next level.

  • stymieindurham Apr 12, 2013

    His prime objective is to distroy this country economically. Tell the Fed. Reserve to stop propping up the dollar by non-stop printing and see what happens.