Air Guard Aircraft Grounded This Week

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 26, 2013) The Air National Guard may be forced to ground aircraft this week due to shortfalls in the operations and maintenance accounts under the current continuing resolution that is funding the government at 2012 levels for lack of a fiscal 2013 budget.

Gen. Frank J. Grass, the National Guard Bureau chief, delivered the news last week in an email to adjutants general. He told them, too, that depot-level repair and maintenance will be impacted as well.

This issue is separate from sequestration, which will cut all programs across the board starting Friday if Congress fails to take other action. 

The Air Guard will continue to cover minimum required flying hours for critical missions such as the fighter/tanker alert, rescue efforts and aerospace expeditionary force pre-deployments. 

Reductions in key flying events, base operating support, conferences and formal training will likely be reduced while flying requirements will be prioritized, which means some units may be grounded.

Depot inductions will be deferred until March 28, one day after the current continuing resolution will have expired and, perhaps, after Congress finds a solution. This means that a number of aircraft and engines will need to be delayed for depot inductions.