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Col. Kevin Kennedy: U.S. Air Force has more infrastructure than it can support.
Col. Kevin Kennedy: U.S. Air Force has more infrastructure than it can support.
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February 28, 2015

Ellsworth Commander Warns Of Pending Budget Woes

In a "State of Ellsworth" address, Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander Col. Kevin Kennedy said that across-the-board spending cuts imposed by Congress continue to strain military budgets, including that at Ellsworth, South Dakota Public Radio reported.

In 2013, those cuts known as "sequestration" under the Budget Control Act, grounded the B-1 bombers for several months. If the cuts remain in place as a new fiscal year begins in October 2015, Kennedy said that would have "significant impacts" on Ellsworth Air Force Base. 

Kennedy focused on moderization efforts throughout the military and on the missions Ellsworth crews have completed, according to a report by Ellsworth staff. Since April 2014, base B-1 aircrews completed 381 combat missions totaling more than 3,700 combat hours and 946 training missions spanning 3,128 hours. 

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