05 March 2014

USAF: Air Force Academy lays out details of big cuts | RallyPoint.com


By Tom Roeder
Copyright 2014 The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette

The Air Force Academy plans to cut a third of the sergeants who oversee military training and cadet discipline as part of an austerity plan that will carve 3 percent from its workforce and eliminate 10 academic majors at the school.

The academy provided a detailed budget look, while other bases across Colorado declined to talk in specifics as the Pentagon unveiled its full 2015 budget proposal.

The academy plans, part of a Pentagon move to cut $900 billion in spending over a decade, didn't lead to a reduction in the 4,000-member cadet wing or the elimination of sports teams. The academy discussed the cuts Monday in advance of a planned Pentagon address on military spending.

"We're at a very historic inflection point in funding at the Pentagon after 13 years of operations overseas," academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told reporters in a Monday press briefing.

All sports survive Air Force budget elimination.

Reporters were asked to hold the story until the budget was officially announced by the Defense Department on Tuesday.

The 2015 spending plan meets Pentagon targets but is far from official. Congress must approve a budget before the cuts can take hold, and if lawmakers approve increased Pentagon spending, some austerity measures won't be implemented.

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