Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Monday, Oct 21 at 6:20 PM
NORFOLK -- The military plans to cut back on community service efforts in the coming year, the Pentagon announced over the weekend.
According to a Department of Defense news release, public outreach efforts that had been cut during the recent government shutdown will resume, but at a "significantly reduced capacity," saving $104 million in Fiscal Year 2014.
The Navy's Blue Angels
and the Air Force's Thunderbirds
will be able to resume their activities after being grounded for much of this year as a result of sequestration, but the flights will take place at a "more limited frequency than in previous years," according to the release.
Hampton Roads has benefitted greatly from various community relations activities conducted by the military.
Last month, sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln fanned out throughout the community for a day of service. Sailors also took part in a massive clean-up of Portsmouth City Park and construction and painting at two Habitat for Humanity houses in Hampton.
In all, more than 1,500 sailors assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln volunteered in seven different cities at more than 30 different community relations events on September 20.
One organization which benefits from military personnel manpower is the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Marketing and Business Relations Director Julie Braley tells 13News Now that sailors devote many hours to the Foodbank and they will be missed.