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Muff Millen

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Here is the latest from those "NO CLUE" civilians in Washington who needs an enemy when we have these folks!


the Air Force will:

Eliminate 123 fighters (102 A-10s and 21 older F-16s), 133 mobility aircraft (27 C-5As, 21 C-27s, 65 C-130s, and 20 KC-135s), and 30 intelligence platforms (18 Global Hawk Block 30s, 11 RC-26s, and one E-8).

Trim the Total Force by 9,900 airmen, building upon the reductions of 48,000 personnel since 2004.

Terminate or restructure programs like the B-2 extremely high-frequency radio improvements and the family of advanced beyond line of sight terminals.

Replace "expensive programs" like the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program "with more affordable alternatives that still accomplish the mission."

Discontinue or defer programs including the common vertical lift support platform, light mobility aircraft, and light attack and armed reconnaissance airplane.

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What I dont get is this. No matter what political affiliation you have, everybody wants people to have jobs, skills, education, health care benefits (either work provided or purchased) and a retirement system. There is no other proven place to earn these things than in the military. But, they gut the military which provides these things while they continue to pay some unemployed crack head downtown to do nothing. Our system is broke and I am scared to death for the generations to come.

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WASHINGTON -- Starting this month, the Defense Department will calculate imminent-danger pay by the day rather than the month, a cost-cutting move the department estimated last year could save $30 million annually.

Up to now, servicemembers received a full month’s imminent-danger pay -- $225 -- for spending even a single day in designated hazardous areas, which range from war zones such as Afghanistan to out-of-the-way spots like Montenegro.

But beginning Feb. 1, they’ll get the extra pay only for days they’re actually present in the danger zones. The prorated daily amount works out to $7.50.

“This is a more targeted way of handling that pay,†Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said Thursday.

The exception is for troops exposed to hostile fire.

“If you take fire, you get the full $225,†regardless of time spent in the area, said DoD spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.

The change, signed into law by President Barrack Obama on Dec. 31 as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, should have little effect on troops on long-term deployments in hazardous areas. But it could reduce the paychecks of officers making short visits to designated locations or Sailors passing through them, Lainez said.

If I remember correctly....we "took fire" at every stop we made with the Herk in VN.


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