ANA Members,

This month’s Wings of Gold includes several articles that are important to understanding the current readiness and future health of U.S. Naval Aviation. We encourage all members to read these articles and spread the word in your community and with those on your Rolodex, to help our elected leaders choose the right solutions for Naval Aviation.

As you have seen in the newspapers (a small sample below), our Naval Aviation leadership has testified that they have significant risk in their budgets due to the uncertainties in the anticipated fiscal year 2017 Continuing Resolution as well as chronic underfunding of the readiness accounts. We need to do our part to help our deployed forces and those who go in harm’s way, be trained, equipped and manned properly by educating the public and community leaders of the importance of a robust Naval Aviation commitment for our national security.

Below is the link to our ANA webpage which has the relevant articles from Wings of Gold for ease of viewing. Please read and share these articles.

Thanks for your leadership and support of Naval Aviation. Your continued membership in this organization is critical for educating the public of the vital role of U.S. Naval Aviation.

Mark Fitzgerald, ADM ret, Chairman

U.S. Aviation Readiness at Risk Under Continuing Resolution

July 13, 2016 11:35AM ET | Bloomberg Government

(Bloomberg Government) Senior military leaders told the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness that a continuing resolution (CR) freezing spending at current levels would hurt their ability to restore aviation readiness.
“When we’re capped at previous year’s funding levels, we prioritize,” Major General Scott D. West, director of current operations for Air Force headquarters, told the subcommittee on July 6. He explained that forces in combat get first priority; troops forward deployed to assure our allies, second; and training and maintenance for stateside forces get shortchanged. “So, it exacerbates the issue not only that we not be able to - - begin to slow the rate of decline, it delays the start of us being able to stop the rate of decline of our readiness,” West said.

Both the Air Force and Navy requested budget increases for aircraft maintenance, a key component of readiness. Even though these increases have congressional support, it all depends on a final budget deal. A CR to start fiscal 2017 is almost a sure bet in this election year, and the only question is how long it will last. Because the law allows the private sector to perform as much as half of depot maintenance work, businesses looking to capture the planned depot maintenance increases will have to re-examine their strategies.