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VOA常速英语新闻:美国空军面临人力和飞行时间大削减(双语)

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上尉弗兰克·吉拉德驾驶一架空中加油机KC-135,“这架135还可以作为医院。”
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Captain Frank Gilliard flies an air refueling tanker - a KC-135. “The 135 can also be set up as a hospital,” he said.
上尉弗兰克·吉拉德驾驶一架空中加油机KC-135,“这架135还可以作为医院。”

He and all other Air Force pilots are facing an 18 percent cut in flying hours. That means less time in the air to refuel other planes out on missions. “Yes, readiness definitely could be affected,” Gilliard said.
他和所有其他空军飞行员都即将要削减18%的飞行时间,这意味着在空中给其他履行飞行任务的飞机加油的时间也少了。“是的,这无疑会影响到装备状态。”

All reserve civilians will be furloughed one day a week if the budget cuts go into effect. “It’s going to be tough. It's going to be tough,” Gilliard said.
如果预算削减生效,所有预备役士兵每周都要休假一天。“这样会很糟糕,很艰难。”

That’s a 20 percent pay cut.
这意味着20%的薪水削减。

"Whew. It can cut into a lot of things, just like I have my home, I have my basic utilities, day to day living,” Gilliard said.
“哟!这会影响到很多方面,比如我的家庭、公共服务和日常生活。”

Senior Airman Kevin Weedn maintains the KC-135 and also serves as a trainer. He already downgraded his cellphone plan, sold his second car and is rethinking his upcoming wedding.
空军下士凯文·维德恩负责维护KC-135和培训工作,他已经降低了手机套餐,卖掉了二手车,还要重新规划未来的婚礼。

“Our plans to pay for our own wedding is hard. I am putting aside money we have now. I am able to do it, but it’s just going to be a little tight,” Weedn said.
“要支付自己的婚礼会很艰难,我存了自己现在所有的钱,可以搞定这件事,但现在就有点紧了。”


词汇解释:
1.sequestration n. 隔离;扣押;退隐

eg. Carbon sequestration is a last resort to mitigating climate change.
碳吸收是减缓气候变化的最后手段。

eg. His property has been kept under sequestration.
他的财产被没收。

2.deployment n. 调度,部署

eg. He has inquired out the deployment of the enemy troops.
他已查出敌军的兵力部署情况。

3.refueling n. 再加燃料;再加油

eg. Hybrid cars can go almost 600 miles between refueling.
混合动力车加一次油可以跑几乎600英里。

4.readiness n. 敏捷,迅速;准备就绪;愿意

eg. He answered all the questions with a readiness that startled everyone present.
他敏捷地回答了所有问题,使在座的每个人为之震惊。

5.furlough vt. 准假;暂时解雇

eg. The Navy furloughed him and never called him back to active duty.
海军准他休假,再也没有将他召回来服役。

6.downgrade v.使降级

eg. She was downgraded to assistant manager.
她被降职为助理经理。

7.put aside 撇开;储存…备用

eg. He's put aside a tidy sum for his retirement.
他存了一笔相当可观的钱以备退休之用。

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