USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts

first_img The Nightwolves of Carrier Airborne Warning Squadron (VAW) 77 will be formally disestablished during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, March 9.The Nightwolves, a reserve E-2 squadron based at NASJRB New Orleans, have been responsible for various missions within the strategic reserve including counter-narcotics and human trafficking interdiction, disaster response and missile exercise support.VAW-77 consists of six E-2C Hawkeye aircraft and 112 personnel (72 Full Time Support and 40 Selected Reservists). The squadron’s beginnings go back to 1995, when the U.S. Congress created the reserve squadron as a result of the United States’ escalating war on illegal drug trafficking.VAW-77 received four specially modified E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft optimized for counter-drug missions. As part of the Navy’s post-Cold War role, VAW-77 flight crews patrolled the waters of the Caribbean in joint missions with the U.S. Coast Guard and other drug enforcement agencies in search of illegal aircraft and ships.Due to budgetary constraints, the Navy decided to decommission VAW-77 in fiscal year 13. While this choice was difficult, it was within the limits of the resources available to the Navy. There will always be the need to balance direct warfighting capability against missions like those assigned to VAW-77.“Their last flight was Jan. 29,” said Lt. Cmdr. Erin Wreski, program manager for Commander Naval Air Force Reserve’s (CNAFR) Tactical Support Wing. “Their disestablishment ceremony will be March 9, and the squadron officially closes its doors March 31.“The squadron’s six aircraft will be transferred to other carrier airborne warning squadrons,” Wreski said. “And the squadron members will transfer to various other CNAFR squadrons around the country.”The Navy remains committed to missions within the strategic reserve including counter-narcotics and human trafficking interdiction. Navy ships and aircraft have unique capabilities to detect and monitor criminal activities in the maritime domain, especially tracking the movement, by sea and air, of illicit materials intended for the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 15, 2013 View post tag: await View post tag: Disestablishing Share this article February 15, 2013 View post tag: Nightwolves USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts View post tag: cuts View post tag: Formal View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: budgetlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage Ruling

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Statement Harrisburg, PA  – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in the UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage case.“From the start of my administration, I have worked tirelessly to protect the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens, especially seniors.“I have also made very clear that the decision to cancel Medicare Advantage for over 180,000 seniors was wrong, and I vowed to fight that decision by any means necessary, including through legal action.“Today, I am pleased the Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting seniors. This is a huge victory for seniors across western Pennsylvania.“My administration will always work tirelessly to protect consumers, especially seniors and our most vulnerable populations.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 30, 2015center_img Governor Wolf Statement on UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage Rulinglast_img read more