Sequestration has killed the biggest community outreach event at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The base announced late Thursday it canceled Freedom’s Call Tattoo, which was scheduled for June 28.
Col. Cassie Barlow — commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, the host wing at Wright-Patt — said the cancellation was driven by recent Air Force sequestration rules that restrict the use of appropriated tax dollars for such things as military air shows, open houses and other similar community events. While sponsors’ donations covered much of the Tattoo costs, tax dollars were still required to complete the event.
“We simply cannot spend tax dollars on such events when sequestration cuts threaten to ground aircraft and furlough our civilian employees,” Barlow said, in a statement.
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