Posted: 6:18 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013

Top Air Force officials meet at Wright-Patt


Top Air Force officials meet at Wright-Patt photo
Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, left, accompanied by Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III, speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon, Friday, May 24, 2013. The two were part of a series of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Barrie Barber

Staff Writer


The highest ranking U.S. Air Force leaders gathered at Wright-Patterson this week to focus on key issues the military branch confronts amidst spending cuts, officials said.

Corona Top, an annual gathering at the base, brought about 80 people to the conference which began Tuesday and concluded Friday. Attendees included Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, among other top leaders.

“This face-to-face meeting is now more critical than ever as our senior leaders discuss the service’s future in light of today’s fiscal challenges,” said Lt. Col. John J. Sheets, an Air Force spokesman, in an email Friday.

Air Force Materiel Command, which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson, spent about $65,000 to host the conference, or about half what was originally budgeted, according to Sheets. Those costs included additional security, transportation to and from meetings on base, and communication support.

The Air Force has cut travel and canceled conferences, among other cost-cutting measures, because of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

“And while we’ll continue to conserve resources, the critical business of the Air Force must go on,” Sheets wrote.


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