DOD to halt Air Force aircraft transfers
The Department of Defense has notified the Senate that it will halt scheduled transfers of Air Force aircraft until Congress finalizes its 2013 budget later this year, according to a Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper report.
The announcement was made by Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, which sued the DOD earlier this month to stop the transfer of F-15 fighter jets to California, according to the newspaper.
Montana is among several states, including those along the Gulf Coast, that are worried about their Air National Guard units losing aircraft - such as C-130 cargo planes - which they say help with missions such as hurricane preparedness, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
The transfers would also mean the loss of jobs in those states, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
About 150 aircraft transfers and 98 aircraft retirements were scheduled in 2012 and 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in a letter to the Senate, according to the paper.
Source: Jackson Clarion-Ledger