U.S. Combat Air Squadrons Grounded Because of Sequester

April 9, 2013 - 5:21 AM

From the Military Times: The Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times.

The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making it impossible to keep all squadrons ready for combat, according to an April 5 memo signed by Maj. Gen. Charles Lyon, director of operations for Air Combat Command.

Seventeen combat-coded squadrons will stand down effective Tuesday or upon their return from deployments, the Military Times reported.