The Air Force Academy’s annual Independence Day celebration has become the latest casualty of federal budget cuts, known as sequestration.
The cuts – designed to erase $1.2 trillion from the federal budget in a decade – hit the Department of Defense particularly hard. About half the cuts will come from the DoD’s budget, on top of millions already removed from the military’s budget.
Academy officials said that the uncertainty about federal budgets led to the decision.
“Faced with so many uncertainties about the future budget, we have to look at ways to save money,” said Lt. Col. John Bryan, Director of Public Affairs at the Academy.”But for now, we’ve had to cut back on many things we normally would support. The City of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region are our family, and we look forward to getting this and other events back on track in 2014.”