People react to the grounding of the B-1's - KOTA Territory News

People react to the grounding of the B-1's


A decision by Air Force Officials to ground air combat planes, that aren't currently deployed, has locals we talked to worried.
As of April 9th, the 37th Bomb Squadron is grounded. Meaning no training in the air, only on flight simulators and on the flight line.

The Air Force is cutting 45,000 training hours in order to absorb $41 billion dollars in cuts this year.

Base Commander Colonel Kevin Kennedy says the pilots will be less ready to respond to crises across the globe.

Something that is unnerving to people we talked to.
"It makes me nervous because of what's going on in North Korea. I don't think right now is a good time to ground them. We just don't know what's going to happen there," says Jennifer Evans of Rapid City.
"With all the stuff going on overseas I would think there would be other things they would cut than grounding the B-1's right now I think they should look into other options," says Christie Green of Rapid City.
Once the fiscal year is over in September, air training is expected to resume.

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