The Pentagon is cancelling a well-loved Air Force competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this summer, grounding the air mobility “rodeo” to save money.
About 20 air crews from a dozen nations were scheduled to visit McChord Air Field this July for the competition. Two years ago, teams came from as far away as Pakistan to practice with local airmen.
Air Mobility Command commander Gen. Paul Silva cited the budget uncertainty in the Pentagon in describing his decision to cancel the rodeo. The Defense Department is carrying out $50 billion in forced budget cuts this year because of Congress’ failure to …