Feeling the heat of the ongoing debate over the location of Space Command headquarters, the U.S. Air Force has been forced to postpone bonuses and station rotations for personnel because Alabama lawmakers blocked funding.
On Monday, the Air Force released one opinion He said that it is “the actions that must be taken now to avoid depletion of funds”. As part of these actions, the Air Force is suspending its Reinstatement Bonus program and pausing a new Airman Bonus program and a new Deployment Incentive Pay. IThe company is also pausing orders for scheduled station changes for its staff.
The recent financial crisis follows Alabama lawmakers have voted to limit Air Force funding as part of ongoing efforts to reach a decision on the permanent location of Space Command Headquarters. That being said, Space Command isn’t the same as Space Force, although it’s easy to confuse the two.
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Space Command currently operates out of Colorado, but a decision by the former Trump administration would see the military department’s headquarters moved to Huntsville, Alabama. President Joe Biden is He is reportedly trying to reverse that decision out of concern about Alabama’s tough anti-abortion laws, which went into effect last summer. In December 2022, the Biden administration ordered the US Air Force to conduct a review of the decision, causing the resettlement to stall annoyed Alabama legislature.
In June, Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and representative from Alabama, released a The invoice that would not only limit spending on building the current Space Command facilities in Colorado, but also restricting resources for the Air Force.
“The Air Force continues to work on additional options to avoid the funding shortfall,” the statement said.
Space Command is a United States Department of Defense (DOD) combatant command tasked with “conducting operations in, out of, and into space to deter conflict and, if necessary, defeat aggression, provide space combat capability for the joint/combined force, and defend vital… U.S. interests with allies and partners,” the Department of Defense said.
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