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IMG_2894I guess The Pink Flamingo won’t be seeing anything really cool like the Thunderbirds any time soon.  Last year, I lucked into their practice over Holloman AFB and parked directly under their flight path.  I managed to get some of those shots of a life-time.

Right now, we’re having a little problem with North Korea.  Instead of increasing training, for combat missions, the Air Force, because of the libertarian dominance of the GOP is now being forced to cut training for the very pilots who could stand between us and a nuclear war.

17 Air Force Squadrons will stand down.

In February, the treasonous Republicans in the House and the Senate were told what was going to happen.  Obviously they did not give a damn.  They don’t care about the country.  They are nothing but a bunch of cheap whores gobbling up pack money from their wealthy donors who also don’t give a damn about the country, only themselves.

Yep, you gotta hand it to them, they’ve finally managed to make a very real mess.  Our pilots are not going to be ‘mission ready’.   What on earth is going on in the minds of the Republican Party?

Air Force Times

Air Force Times

You can’t have an operational air force if you cut training.  It takes 60 – 90 days to have a unit battle operational.  Now, with the cuts, we aren’t going to have it.  If someone wants to sandbag us and truly do some damage to this country, give it a few months, then have at it.  Our Republican party, just doesn’t give a damn. They don’t care.  They’re betraying our nation, our national security for a few meaningless budget cuts.

We all know that libertarians loath the military, but this is just insane.

“…In Utah, the 29 pilots of the 4th Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base will be among those grounded, wing spokeswoman Andrea Mason confirmed. As of Tuesday, the pilots, who are deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, are training at reduced level called “basic mission capable.” The F-16 pilots had been training at a more rigorous “combat ready” level. The squadron deployed in October and a specific return date has not been announced, Mason said.

The wing’s other squadron, the 421st, will be training at the “basic mission capable” level through the end of the fiscal year, Mason said. A top Air Force leader said the branch would focus its budget and resources on units supporting major missions, like the war in Afghanistan, while other units stand down on a rotating basis.

“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,” Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, said in a statement….”

Fully once third of active duty combat planes are going to be grounded due to budget cuts. Thanks to sequestration, the GOP, once a bastion of national security, has basically thumbed its nose at what is truly important in this country.    The Air Force must reduce its flying time by something like 45,000 training hours.  Do you know what happens when training time is reduced?

PILOTS DIE

I wonder if the GOP even gets it, or even gives a damn?

AP Newswire

AP Newswire

I don’ t know about you, but The Pink Flamingo’s had about all I can take of the libertarian, Paul Ryan version of the GOP.

“...Units and aircraft affected
Air Combat Command officials announced a stand down and reallocation of flying hours for the rest of the fiscal year due to mandatory budget cuts. The limitation of flying hours means squadrons will stand down or maintain readiness at the reduced “basic mission capable” level, while others will remain at full “combat mission ready.”

The affected aircraft and units, by airframe:
F-22
94th Fighter Squadron — Grounded April 9
27th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September
3rd Fighter Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September
15th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
49th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
F-15 C/D
67th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September
44th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then Combat mission ready through September
48th Fighter Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
F-15E
336th Fighter Squadron — Grounded April 9
335th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September
48th Fighter Wing — Two squadrons stand down April 9
391st Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9
F-16 C/D
8th Fighter Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September
77th Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9
55th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September
79th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then combat mission ready through September
555th Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9
510th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September
13th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September
14th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September
51st Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
57th Wing — One squadron (Thunderbirds) stands down April 9
158th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
169th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
187th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
354th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
4th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable until redeployment
421st Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September
A-10C
75th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then combat mission ready through September
51st Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
52nd Fighter Wing — Closing
442nd Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
917th Wing — One squadron stands down April 9
HH-60G
18th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
48th Fighter Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
B-1B
7th Bomb Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
2nd Bomb Wing — Two squadrons stand down April 9
B-2
509th Bomb Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September
B-52
2nd Bomb Wing — One squadron stand down April 9
5th Bomb Wing — Two combat squadrons combat mission ready through September
E-3B/C/G
2nd Bomb Wing — Basic mission capable through September
18th Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September
552nd Air Control Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September
SE-4B
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
EC-130H
55 Electronic Combat Group — One squadron combat mission ready through September
OC-135B
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
RC-135S
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
RC-135U
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September
RC-135V/W
55th Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September
TC-135W
55th Wing (training) — One squadron basic mission capable through September
WC-135C/W
55th Wing. — One squadron combat mission ready through September…”

It gets better.  Do you expect a major article about this out of a US paper?  Nope?  But, it is well covered by the Brits.

“...A spokesman for the Navy said team members would be allowed to fly minimal hours to maintain flight proficiency in the F/A 18 fighter jets, but the six-jet squadron would discontinue group practices for the remainder of the season.

Hundreds of thousand civilian military employees are facing potential furloughs as a result of the budget cutbacks, Fox News said.‘Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government,’  read a statement released by the Naval Air Force on Tuesday morning. ‘This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.

It will be the first time since the Korean War that the Blue Angels’ season has been called off.The Air Force puts on a similar air show with the Thunderbirds, elite pilots demonstrating in F-16s.

They were also forced to cancel their 20 shows scheduled for the rest of the year.  ‘The Blue Angels are the Rolling Stones of the Air Show World and losing them, whether it’s a few days, a few months, or a few years, it is a crushing blow, not only to the industry, but for thousands of fans,’ John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, told FoxNews.com.

‘The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds are huge draws for our industry and when they don’t participate in an air show it not only hurts attendance — it makes it less than it was,’ he added.
Organizers for Seafair, a yearly summer festival in Seattle, Wash., shared the sentiment with a release on their website Tuesday.

‘Today we were officially informed by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels that their season has been cancelled, including the Seafair performance, due to federal budget cuts resulting from sequestration,’ reads the statement. ‘The Blue Angels have flown at Seafair for over 40 years and are an important part of our history. The team will be deeply missed by Seattleites…’…”

What I find fascinating, as of this writing, NOT ONE major “conservative” site, pundit, or blog has even mentioned these cuts.  I doubt if they will.

ABC News

ABC News

We all know the military wastes money.  There’s a heck of a lot that can be cut and we can still keep readiness for combat.  The Pink Flamingo happens to think that some of the hysteria ‘leaked’ here is designed for dramatic purposes, to thumb a nose or two at the GOP.  This is not to say that we don’t have a serious problem.  I hear in the new budget, there are talks of more bases being cut.  Considering the location, NM is probably going to lose either Kirkland, Canon, or Holloman.  If we lose Holloman, it will be lethal to this part of the state, and our national security.

These were Republican Principles in 2008:

REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES
I’m a Republican Because…

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

Let’s face it, today’s Koch Machine, Rand Paul Bot, Libertarian, Ayn Rand Worshiping version of the GOP has NOTHING to do with the Republican Party of old.  They have basically betrayed this country, not only with our military, but by embracing draconian budget cuts that are truly hurting people in this country.

They don’t care.  They are the party of the billionaire.  They protect the ultra wealthy’s tax rates while making we the little people pay through the nose.

They have betrayed us all.

It is entirely this is my last day as a Republican.  When they betray our national security, I don’t really want to have much more to do with them.  I don’t hang out with traitors and people who thumb their nose at our military.  I never have and I never will. That is what today’s GOP is.

 

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