By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
Pentagon officials announced a plan that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity, Oct. 18, 2013. This cost-cutting measure will yield a savings of $104 million in fiscal year 2014.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the Pentagon’s new strategic approach to community outreach in an internal memorandum to service chiefs and other military leaders. Many activities, including the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds air demonstration teams, will resume, but at a more limited frequency than in previous years.
“Even given the austere fiscal climate, Secretary Hagel believes the Defense Department must preserve vital links between service members and communities across the country,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.
Little said that the new guidelines are part of a careful balancing act and demonstrate the Department’s determination to make the most efficient use of resources.