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Langley Cancels Air Show

Posted 2/15/2013   Updated 2/15/2013 Email story   Print story


from 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Joint Base Langley-Eustis

2/15/2013 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- The 2013 Air Power Over Hampton Roads Open House and Air Show, scheduled for May 3-5, has been cancelled. Driven by the dual threat of operating under a continuing resolution and a potential sequestration, U.S. Air Force leadership at all levels are proactively implementing near-term actions to minimize impact to readiness and our people while protecting wartime operations.

"The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of Defense and the nation," said Col. Korvin Auch, 633rd Air Base Wing commander. "We're taking prudent steps now in order to be good stewards of taxpayer resources while focusing on maintaining readiness."

The decision to cancel the air show and open house at Langley Air Force Base was not easy considering the show's popularity and the Hampton Road area's support of the military.

"We sincerely appreciate the sustained support and understanding from our service members, their families, the American public and specifically our local Hampton Roads supporters and friends, through these trying fiscal times," said Auch. "We cannot continue functioning as the world's most capable Air Force without this support.

"I believe that opening our gates to the general public is periodically necessary to demonstrate modern weapon systems and capabilities, to promote positive community and international relations, to showcase our Airmen and to support Air Force recruiting and retention," said Auch. "For that reason, my team and I are already looking at future years where we can once again showcase Air Power Over Hampton Roads to the community in which we live and work."

No dates for future Air Power Over Hampton Roads have been set.

For more information, contact 633rd ABW Public Affairs at (757) 764-5701.

9/16/2014 6:47:49 PM ET
Now it's September 2014 and still no Open house Very sad. I'm headed to NAS Oceana this weekend where I will enjoy Navy equipment...A poor substitute for Air Force performance and demonstration...
Frank Smith, Central Virginia
2/19/2013 11:03:53 AM ET
Now this is what I am talking about Good Job ACC
d, SC
2/19/2013 9:46:24 AM ET
Very upsetting. It is the one way we can relive our military days and it was going to be the first time formy granson to see an air show. Not to mention I paid for a non refundable hotel room. You Iit may cost the taxpayers but we are those taxpayers and this in someways is a chance to get a little back
David Young, Raphine Va.
2/18/2013 8:54:32 AM ET
I find it amazing while the President is vacationing in Florida with Tiger Woods and the First Lady and her children are skiing in the west Langley cancels its air show which is designed as a recruiting tool and to instill confidence in the American Taxpayers that despite the impending Federal budget cuts the united States military is still fully capable of completing its mission. Cancelling a public relations event that bonds the community and brings in revenue or spend millions on two separate unnecessary vacationshmmm I would have cancelled the vacations but thats common sense.
Confused Taxpayer, America
2/16/2013 5:43:17 PM ET
While not unexpected this is particularly disappointing after the decision to not hold one in 2012. Hopefully this will not be the case for the Andrews Joint Service Open House held later in May and the Oceana Air Show normally held in Sep. Not only is this bad for air show fans but for the many civilian participants and vendors. Also base units will be unable to raise funds at their booths.
Barry Miller, Poquoson VA
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