Congressional failures just forced the Marines to raid a museum for aircraft parts

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/...rts-museum-raid-aviation-thornberry/82416918/


    Congressional failures just forced the Marines to raid a museum for aircraft parts


    Marine aviation squadrons are salvaging aircraft parts from museums in order to keep planes flying, according to anecdotes from a key congressional leader.

    During a recent trip to several Southern U.S. military bases, Marines told House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, that they've been paying for their units' supplies like pens and paper towels, and were forced to raid decommissioned aircraft for parts.


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    Lt. Gen. Glen Walters, the Corps’ deputy commandant for programs and resources, told lawmakers earlier this month that budget cuts have left the entire service “under-resourced” for spare parts.

    The Marine Corps has requested $460 million from Congress in fiscal 2017, some of which would buy spare parts for aircraft, but aviation readiness is not expected to fully recover until at least 2020.
     
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    The last year that I was in, we NCOs were taking turns buying toilet paper and cleaning supplies for our company. What upset me is the fact that the company/battalion didn't have money for those things, but we had hundreds of dollars of computers, obsolete equipment, etc just sitting around unused.

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    This reminds me of what we were reading about the Russian army way back before the Soviet Union disolved! Could we be next?
     

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