MOUNTAIN HOME -- More fallout from sequestration has grounded the 391st Fighter Squadron out of Mountain Home.
It is a frustrating situation for pilots and supporting crew. There is also a level of safety for this nation that has the commander of the unit concerned.
The F-15E Strike Eagle planes will be grounded April 9th, all the way until October 1st. They are part of 391st Fighter Squadron. Now, the pilots and supporting crews will have to find other ways to hone their skills.
"So this is new ground for us, and it is totally a result of sequestration and the budget environment that we're in," said Col. Christopher Short.
Colonel Christopher Short who oversees the 391st Fighter Squadron says - this is the first time in his 24-year career that the Air Force has looked at a tiered readiness.
It's a situation that has Short worried. "The nation is accepting increased risk because now this unit will not be able to respond to a future contingency until we're given the time to spin up or increase our training to get them to a combat level."
It happened when sequestration forced federal programs to cut costs.
With so many active missions going on throughout the world, training was the piece of the pie that Air Combat Command decided to cut.
Since the 391st does not have any upcoming missions, pilots were grounded.
"Now we're just re-prioritizing who gets the hours that we need on those units that are fighting the fight right now," said Short.
That means training will happen in simulators - and not in the air.
"It's different, and it's not going to help their flying ability, but we'll try and do the best we can with the resources we have to train them in different ways," said Short.
However, not all hangers at the Mountain Home Air Force base are full.
The 389th Fighter Squadron is training for an upcoming mission, so its budget went untouched, while the 428th Fighter Squadron who is working with Singapore will still fly as well.
However, the 391st will be on the ground forced to cancel critical training.
Forced to not do what the nation not only expects them to do but also pays them to do.
"So this unit essentially has gone from mission ready to stand down, not mission capable and these aircraft won't fly," said Short.
Once the 391st is able to fly again, it could take three to four months before they're flight ready.
Between now and October 1st - the 391st will lose approximately 4,500 training hours, also it is important to note, that even with the budget cuts, no one will lose their jobs.