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Air Force Makes Readiness Gains Even as Pilot Shortage Continues

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson painted a grim picture two years ago of the eroding readiness levels plaguing her service in the wake of sequestration and budget cuts, including aircraft atrophying on flight lines and pilots getting too few flight hours. It didn’t mean that the Air Force wouldn’t step up to fight in a conflict, she said.

“It means fewer will come back. I think we need to understand that,” she told reporters at the Pentagon in 2017.

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