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Sequestered: One-third of Air Force combat units to stand down due to cuts

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One-third of United States Air Force combat units are beginning a “stand down” process as a way to handle the cuts to flight hours that are being made due to the budget cuts in sequestration. “We must implement a tiered readiness concept where only the units preparing to deploy in support of major operations like Afghanistan are fully mission capable,” Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage, who leads the...

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