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DAFB C-5s Could Feel Effects of Proposed Military Budget Cuts

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Dover Air Force Base is slated to feel the effects of proposed budget cuts at the Pentagon. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently announced a budget proposal that slashes military spending by $75 billion over the next two years.

This week the air force recommended many, many force structure changes as a part of that.
DAFB has 16 - soon to be 18 - of the massive C-5s on your screen, with 16 in active inventory and two in backup inventory. Among the air force's suggested structure changes is moving four more C-5s from active to backup.

"Backup Aircraft Inventory includes aircraft used as substitutes for Primary Aircraft Authorized aircraft undergoing maintenance or otherwise unable to fly," said Col. Rick Moore, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing, in a statement. "In daily operations, we do not distinguish between PAA and BAI, as all aircraft are flown and maintained in the same manner."

Col. Moore also points out any designation changes are easily reversible.

The director of public affairs at Air Mobility Command headquarters says backup inventory can still be moved quickly into primary service if the need arises.

Dover is not the only base that would see an impact from the air force's proposed changes. According to Air Force Reserve Command, changes in air force reserve structure would affect bases in more than 20 states and overseas. The proposed cuts would also affect the Delaware Air National Guard.

When the Department of Defense rolled out its proposal Sec. Hagel called it a reshaping of the military.

"The reality of reduced resources and a change environment requires us to make difficult choices."

But Hagel expressed confidence the military could make due with less.

Deeper cuts could be coming in 2016. But at this point, exactly what that could mean is unclear.

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