Nearly half of the fighter squadrons in U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa halted flying operations three weeks ago. The action was a result of the reduction of flying hours Air Force-wide -- one impact of the current sequestration-related budget challenges affecting the Defense Department. When factoring in ongoing and anticipated deployments, there is limited ability to respond to operational requirements across two combatant commands.
A 'We the People' online petition has been created in an effort to have the U.S. military restore funding for performances by its jet demonstration and other teams, such as the Golden Knights and Leap Frogs. The creators of the petition are seeking 100,000 electronic signatures in 30 days.