Obama cuts air force planes.. .. guess who is taking the brunt ??? Colorado.. No planes for fire fighting

iamnothere 2012/06/28 02:25:55
Colorado's 'Epic Firestorm' Reveals Danger of Air Force Cuts

Michael Auslin

June 27, 2012 12:10 PM

Colorado's wildfire has exploded into an "epic firestorm," in the words of Colorado Springs
fire chief Richard Brown. Over 30,000 people have evacuated, and
already hundreds of homes have been consumed. Ironically, the U.S. Air
Force Academy has also been evacuated, at the very time that Colorado
desperately needs more Air Force C-130s to fight the massive fire.

A C-130 fitted with the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS)
can drop 3,000 gallons of fire-retardant material in 5 seconds, and
reload in just 15 minutes. This tempo is crucial to containing wildfires
like the one devastating Colorado Springs. However, of a current fleet
of nearly 380 C-130s, only eight can be fitted with the MAFFS—and four
of them are already in the skies over Colorado. With another fire
looming in the north of the state, there is no excess capacity to help
protect civilian areas. That means thousands of exhausted firefighters
on the ground are without enough of the crucial support they need to
control the fires.

All this raises concerns about President Obama’s
defense budget, which cuts 65 C-130s from the fleet over the next four
years. While that will leave 318 C-130s, the demands on the fleet are
not shrinking in Afghanistan or other places. Nor did the Air Force have
much choice in the matter.

The Air Force took the brunt of Pentagon budget cuts
in the 2013 budget, shrinking by 4 percent (or roughly $4 billion
dollars), after having a flat budget since 2004. Since 2001, over 500
aircraft have been retired, and another 300 will be scrapped by 2017.
All this is happening while demand for the Air Force increases: The
service flew approximately 400 sorties per day in Afghanistan and Iraq
during 2011, while also fighting in Libya and delivering thousands of
tons of disaster relief aid to Japan after its earthquake and tsunami.
C-130s have been central to all these operations, and the proposed cuts
will reduce airlift capacity among all the Air Force's components:
active, reserve, and guard. Sequestration would be even worse, mandating
equal percentage cuts down to the program level across the service,
with no flexibility for Air Force leadership to target the cuts.

But as the wildfire in Colorado shows, readiness
and flexibility are sometimes needed at home as much as abroad. Cutting
more C-130s puts a greater strain on the entire Air Force fleet. It
means fewer planes will be available for possible conversion to the
MAFFS configuration. And that means that as hundreds of houses burn in
Colorado, only eight planes can be called upon to help the thousands of
firefighters on the ground. America should not have to make such
tradeoffs: We can fight both aggressors and fires smarter and better,
but only if we do it increasingly from the sky.

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  • Quazimoto 2012/07/06 12:51:27
    I did read about this online. I have yet to hear one word from any domestic media about this boondoggle. This president is the most dishonest piece of eco-trash I have ever seen.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/06/29 23:04:19
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Another wipe called invader has blocked me....If you can reach this wipe,send him a box of matches.He like to play with fire.
  • LarryFine 2012/06/29 12:53:52
  • ur XLNC-PWCM 2012/06/28 15:30:12
    ur XLNC-PWCM
    It's WAY past time to realize that Obama intends destruction for this nation.......by ANY and EVERY possible means. Does covering Holder mean anything?
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/28 14:55:55
    So did he cut his jaunts on AF1? I didn't think so.
  • John Hall 2012/06/28 14:08:10
    John Hall
    wheres the the outrage do you remember the crap bush took over katrina come on obama get your head out of your a$$ and give them help.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/28 12:17:33
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    obaaaaamas plan was to make us defenseless. He's just plain stupid.
  • iamnothere Torchma... 2012/06/28 12:18:45
    and still people dont get it
  • Bevos 2012/06/28 11:50:23
    I guess sending $1 & 1/2Billions to HIS Muslim Brotherhood is more important than keeping Americans safe and from losing their homes. I'll bet he thinks it is funny that those people lost their homes.
  • iamnothere Bevos 2012/06/28 12:11:57
    and chopping the air force so there are no planes to help with the fires in the west.. and watch all those folks loose their homes not just the foreclosures
  • Bevos iamnothere 2012/06/30 15:02:53
    THat was what I meant!
  • Don Leuty 2012/06/28 08:15:03
    Don Leuty
    And the magnificent 0bama said, "Did I do that?????"
  • Erok 2012/06/28 07:28:41
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/28 07:22:57
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    I read on another post that Al Qaeda has been advertising setting the west on fire. They come in from Mexico and cross the US's open boarder.
  • Invader... Pedro D... 2012/06/28 12:55:04
    Yea the FBI is here actively investigating to find out if this was terrorist related or not. No confirmation yet tho.
  • iamnothere Invader... 2012/06/28 13:13:34
    heard that.. but it is not terror that we dont suffer every year with wild fires.. On the other hand.. with these fires.. wont have to deal with them again till the tree huggers keep us from letting nature from its course again.. for 20 years in these same areas..

    it is a natural thing to have fires.. in some cases the trees cannot re-germinate without the heat of these fires..
  • Invader... iamnothere 2012/06/28 13:59:39
    There are a number of fires that were confirmed as being started naturally and those were easily contained, but the Waldo Canyon fire is severely injuring the firefighters working to stop it. Reports from the news have said the heat is so intense that the FFs are getting third degree burns on their hands THROUGH their gloves and second degree burns on their bodies. Its hard to get close to the fire to try to impede its progress. But they have put up multiple trench blockades to try to keep the fire from spreading, but at one point it leapt over a lake a mile in diameter because the fire has been spitting out flaming chunks of debris carried on the winds, sometimes as high as 65mph. Not favorable at all.
  • Bob DiN 2012/06/28 06:59:32
    Bob DiN
    If the people of Colorado haven't been burnt to a crisp by November, they should not vote for Obama.
  • iamnothere Bob DiN 2012/06/28 11:43:11
    those were my thoughts
  • Bob DiN iamnothere 2012/06/28 13:30:58
    Bob DiN
    Great minds think alike.
  • Bevos Bob DiN 2012/06/28 11:52:20 (edited)
    Maybe some of the libs will have relatives in Colorado and FINALLY realize Obama is not their friend. Obama is for Obama! PERIOD!!!
  • cjj ~ FTGOP 2012/06/28 06:27:13 (edited)
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    Well, just listen to this out-of-touch RWer:

    Huckabee: Here’s what you need. You need enough firemen to put out the fires. You don’t arbitrarily go, hire firemen, policemen or teachers unless you have more kids in school...

    colorado fires

    I think it's time to hire those firemen, Mikey and it ain't got NOTHING to do with "more kids in school".

  • iamnothere cjj ~ F... 2012/06/28 11:44:24
    there are lots of firemen available from Stockton Ca and Detroit MI already trained and available
  • ladyjane 2012/06/28 05:09:45
    Maybe Colorado and the other states that are on fire will all the sudden be Republican states after this gets out to the people of those states!
  • cjj ~ F... ladyjane 2012/06/29 11:13:11
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    OR maybe many will see that as much as the states thumb their nose at the Federal government, they are right their with their hands out asking for $$$ when something happens.
  • iamnothere cjj ~ F... 2012/06/29 12:15:20
    wondering how many Air force planes would be used if Northern Va the District and the surrounding parts of Md were on fire there would be no lack of GIANT groping hands outstretched
  • iamnothere cjj ~ F... 2012/06/29 12:16:35
    It seems more likely that the Federal Government that has put its nose into all of the states business. are the ones thumbing their noses
  • cjj ~ F... iamnothere 2012/06/29 12:36:55
    cjj ~ FTGOP
    Nah, Trust me. I live in AZ and know why we burn every June? Because we don't wanna disappoint the Memorial weekend campers. Usually the fire bans are miraculously lifted right before the holiday and we are burning by mid-June. This decision-making has NOTHING to do with the Fed government. It is the state and it's money-hungry ways. Not so much this year because people have seen the pattern and really put out the word that we are sick of loss of private property for the sake of making a buck via recreational use of public lands.
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/28 04:27:35
    Currently, there are 28 fires burning in CA. AZ, NM, CO, UT. NV. WY & MT.

  • ladyjane Schläue~© 2012/06/28 05:11:15
    I wonder.....
  • John "B... Schläue~© 2012/06/28 06:19:24
    John "By God" American
    Perhaps this is his orchestrated plan to declare a state of emergency and martial law...
  • Invader_Xion 2012/06/28 03:17:00
    Why does this not surprise me? First my job and possibly my home will be feeling the impact of these budget cuts, along with tens of thousands more. How awesome ...
  • 3kidsandamom 2012/06/28 03:05:22
    Make America weaker by downsizing our military during war time, not exactly a good idea. Our military is regularly uses to ais during domestic crisis but when cut short they can't aid Americans and fight the wars we are in. Priorities need to change in America yet this won't happen unless the people demand change in how both parties waste the tax dollars they receive!
  • Theresa 2012/06/28 03:04:29
    This strange CO voted for the Usurper but yet they are being treated like they are AZ! I suppose the Usurper can not distinguish any difference between Western States.
  • ladyjane Theresa 2012/06/28 05:12:17
    Not everyone did... I know I didn't...
  • nofrills 2012/06/28 02:53:18
    That's just 'politicking' for the election...obama and his disgusting and unpatriotic wife are playing into you foolish and gulible voters how they got your interest at heart.!!!!.just wait and see how these two freeloaders will be spending HIGH after they get the 'boot in nov' making sure they get their LAST BIT of EXTRAVANT LIFESTYLE...
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/06/28 02:43:17
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Hey !!! Not to worry;Colorado's a Blue State... LOL...........
  • Invader... jumpboo... 2012/06/28 03:15:50 (edited)
    Very funny. Let's see how much you laugh when someone sets fire to your home.
  • jumpboo... Invader... 2012/06/28 03:28:43
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Making a dumb statement like that, I would say you have an 8th grade education... No i won't report you dumb theat,I'll let all of the SH's read it............
  • Invader... jumpboo... 2012/06/28 03:32:43
    ROFL ... Insult my educational level and make multiple grammatical errors, nice job dude. Your comment was much, much more ignorant than mine ever could be. And it wasn't a threat. Apparently the misfortune of others is amusing to you. Dually noted.

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