Reductions in the defense budget continue to force air force bases across the country, including Sheppard, to find ways to reduce operating costs. And as the cuts get bigger, the grass on base gets taller.
We've heard speculation about how budget cuts will impact the military -- and, specifically, Sheppard Air Force Base.
And this afternoon, 13th District Congressman Mac Thornberry addressed the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee to share his thoughts.
Katie Crosbie was there and joins us now with more.
Darrell, it was an hour-long meeting that covered a wide range of security concerns, defense strategies, and the federal budget.
Congressman Thornberry said Congress has spent more than 200 million dollars in construction projects at Sheppard during the past ten years ...
He says it will become more difficult to find that kind of funding with a tighter budget.
And Rep. Thornberry said he's worried that this administration is putting less of an emphasis on NATO.
Sheppard's 82nd Training Wing Commander, General Darryl Burke, said he's confident that Sheppard will be able to withstand any cuts without hurting the mission.
Both pointed to ENJJPT (Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program)'s importance - now, more than ever.
13th District US Congressman Mac Thornberry calls the President's announcement on military cuts "vague", and says it would be a mistake to squander America's defense capabilities. Thornberry points out that Congress and President Obama already agreed on the 487 billion dollars of reductions during the next 10 years, and he says the military's budget will still increase each year, just not as much as the military had planned.