Tuesday, January 27, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Travis boosters wary of defense budget proposals

By
From page A1 | February 26, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Travis Air Force Base is not expected to suffer much from the proposed 2015 Department of Defense budget, but what happens with proposed cuts to the Air Force’s A-10 attack jet could affect how likely the KC-10 Extender fleet is to be retired soon.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a Monday press conference, said that retirement of the A-10 and the U-2 reconnaissance jet are two of the cuts included in the Defense Department’s proposal.

“It is interesting that Hagel warned that if the budget sequester is not repealed, we will see the retirement of the KC-10 in 2016,” said Bud Ross of the Travis Community Consortium, the alliance of local governments and businesses that aims to protect Travis Air Force Base.

Ross said that if the sequestration is re-enacted, “it will be devastating.”

The Air Force has already floated the idea of retiring the KC-10 fleet, nearly half of which is stationed at Travis. In response, the consortium kicked into action, lobbying to keep Travis from suffering personnel and mission losses if that happens.

Ross pointed out that previous efforts to retire the A-10 ran into tough opposition from members of Congress whose districts contained bases where the A-10s were stationed.

“The politics of that aircraft is that 16 states have a voice in keeping the A-10, including Army and Guard Reserve,” Ross said. “I can’t see the A-10 being retired. If you can’t retire the A-10, then we could see the KC-10 (retirement) being moved up.”

Paul Hirsh, the Travis Community Consortium’s defense consultant, shares a similar view. He said he expects to see “a knock-down, drag-out fight” in Congress from representatives whose districts have bases with A-10 squadrons.

Additional cuts on the table

Hagel also proposed reducing the active military by 13 percent and taking another 5 percent from the Reserve. He also wants to limit pay raises for rank-and-file personnel to 1 percent and freeze pay for flag officers to 2014 levels. He still plans to continue buying the F-35A strike fighter, the Long Range Strike Bomber and the KC-46A tanker.

Hirsh said that generally, the Air Force is going to have to operate with less funding, but Hagel’s proposal does not really adversely affect Travis.

“Overall, the Air Force is going to lose people. Their force structure is going to go down,” Hirsh said.

“If they are going to cut civilian and military operations, you have to assume that is going to be fairly evenly distributed,” Ross said of the manpower cuts. “We are going to have to see. They are already doing early retirement boards for officers and noncommissioned officers.”

The Defense Department is asking for another base realignment and closure round in 2017 to eliminate excess facilities, but Hirsh expects that Congress will “kick that can down the road” for a future Congress.

Ross also said that the budget that Hagel is proposing and the budget that the president finally signs could be two very different things.

In the meantime, the Travis Community Consortium will keep a close eye on what the Defense Department and Congress do with the military’s budget.

Plan for the future

The Travis Community Consortium has set a four-year, eight-point strategic plan. The top points are to seek public assurances that Travis will get bridge missions that will backfill the loss of the KC-10, that manpower levels will stay constant at the base and a push to have Travis keep its air refueling mission.

That means cornering congressional representatives and Air Force leaders, with lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

“We will watch very intently what transpires,” Ross said of what he described as an “extremely important period of intense scrutiny that will be required to look out for the best interests of Travis.”

Hirsh said the consortium is realistic in the expectation that there will be changes at Travis, with the expected departure of its KC-10s. But, he said, the consortium’s mission is to make sure Travis maintains a solid position to bed down the next generation, the KC-46s.

“From our standpoint, the KC-10s will eventually be coming out of the Air Force and the (Travis Community Consortium)’s efforts will be to make the case that Travis is the best base with its geopolitical location, good infrastructure and no encroachment,” Hirsh said.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rich GiddensFebruary 26, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    They can whine all they want, but they are not in the driver's seat regarding it. That s the US Senate. The national sentiment is to now cut military installations in Boxer and Feinstein's districts too like 1993 with Mare Island and Alameda closings.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Health officials report 1st Solano flu death

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
 
 
American Legion Post schedules head-shaving fundraiser

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

Rush Ranch seeks docents

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A2

 
Dramas, thrillers lead week’s box office openings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B6

Vacaville Toastmasters welcome guests

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Kroc Health Fair offers free screenings

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

 
Chipotle fundraiser to benefit Armijo newspaper

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Vacaville council eyes earlier start time

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page:

 
.

US / World

Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Private wells in California farm area show high uranium

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Gov’t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
2 small planes crash-land off Hawaii; all aboard survive

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Report: State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history of abuse

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 1 Comment | Gallery

New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
US drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Monster snowstorm swirls into densely populated Northeast US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

2 sides to state highways rehab backlog

By Dan Walters | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
.

Entertainment

Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins in northeast Nevada

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Emma Watson to star in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors ‘colored’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
A murder at the edge of the world takes ‘Fortitude’ to crack

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Lawyers: Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan’s death

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Sundance Watch: ‘Cobain’ premieres, women talk Hollywood

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

TVGrid Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Sports

Manfred knows he’ll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
NASCAR to leave championship format unchanged in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in Hall of Fame vote

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Rams notify St. Louis they’ll go year-to-year on dome lease

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gamecocks still No. 1; Chattanooga joins women’s hoops poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Scott Dixon shines in masterful final drive in Rolex win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year’s Eve

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
US women to host New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

NBA D-League All-Star events set for Feb. 15 in Brooklyn

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
AP Source: Los Angeles Kings release Mike Richards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Hard Rock (again) dips toe into Atlantic City casino market

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

US stock market finishes with small gains

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Obituaries

Donald Wesley Johnson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Crossword Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Word Sleuth Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Frank and Ernest Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sudoku Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Blondie Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts Jan 27

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4