Captain Frank Gilliard flies an air refueling tanker - a KC-135. “The 135 can also be set up as a hospital,” he said.
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.
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.
That’s a 20 percent pay cut.
"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.
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.
“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.
1.sequestration n. 隔离；扣押；退隐
eg. Carbon sequestration is a last resort to mitigating climate change.
eg. His property has been kept under sequestration.
2.deployment n. 调度，部署
eg. He has inquired out the deployment of the enemy troops.
3.refueling n. 再加燃料；再加油
eg. Hybrid cars can go almost 600 miles between refueling.
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.
5.furlough vt. 准假；暂时解雇
eg. The Navy furloughed him and never called him back to active duty.
eg. She was downgraded to assistant manager.
7.put aside 撇开；储存…备用
eg. He's put aside a tidy sum for his retirement.