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Air force base to feel impact of deep budget cut

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The commander at Keesler Air Force Base says the base will ground planes and reduce training to deal with a 20 percent reduction in its budget.

That’s the effects of the federal spending reductions, known as sequestration.

The Sun Herald reports  Gen. Brad Spacy, commander of the 81st Training Wing, told a group Tuesday that the flying hour program, which reinforces combat flying skills, was cut by 200,000 hours.

Spacy says Keesler will park one-third of its fighter fleet. He says long-term maintenance on planes will be curtailed by 18 percent.

Spacy says the community may notice the grass at Keesler won’t be cut or buildings painted as frequently.

He says military members and their families may be using more local facilities.

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