Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The U.S. Air Force will begin grounding some active-duty combat units starting today, as a result of sequestration cuts.
Gen. Mike Hostage, Air Combat Command commander, said units will stand down on a rotating basis so that only those heading to Afghanistan will be fully mission capable:
"Historically, the Air Force has not operated under a tiered readiness construct because of the need to respond to any crisis within a matter of hours or days. The current situation means we're accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur."
Units that are currently deployed will stand down once they return home. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard A-10 or F-16 squadrons that fly under "active associations" agreements will also be grounded.