[Rushtalk] Air Show Cancellation Costs Marine Base Dearly

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com
Sat Nov 23 16:20:10 MST 2013

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respect or obey his dictates like ObombA care.

Air Show Cancellation Costs Marine Base Dearly

Oct 17, 2013

Stars and Stripes| by Jennifer Hlad

Patriots Jet Team performs 600x400
SAN DIEGO — The Pentagon’s decision to cancel the air show at Marine
Corps Air Station Miramar just one day before it was slated to begin
will cost the base between $600,000 and $700,000, though officials
aren’t sure yet how big a hit the Marine and family programs that
usually benefit from the show’s profits will take.

Last year’s air show netted $1.6 million in profit, which goes back into
Marine Corps Community Services programs on base, including family
readiness programs, the youth and teen center, and fitness programs,
officials said.
The Miramar air show was originally scheduled for Oct. 4-6, but
sequestration cuts grounded many military planes and helicopters. The
base asked the Pentagon for a waiver to allow them to fly military
aircraft at the show, and when it was denied, officials decided the show
would go on anyway.
The sequestration version of the air show was to be two days long and
feature civilian flying demonstrations and acrobatics, along with
military aircraft parked on the tarmac.
And while the show is typically paid for with sponsorship money,
appropriated and nonappropriated funds, no appropriated-fund monies were
to be used for this year’s event, said Lt. Chad Hill, a Miramar
“Our plan was in complete accordance with the guidance set forth by the
DOD,” he said.
More than half a million people have attended the three-day show in past
years, Hill said, and base officials expected between 75,000 and 100,000
visitors for the shortened event.
“While the show’s going to be a little bit different this year, I tell
you it’s going to be a time to remember for you and your family,”
Miramar commander Col. John Farnham said in a video message to the San
Diego community in July.
Then the government shut down. Base officials continued moving forward
with the show, but were told the morning before it was to begin that all
nonessential activities — including outreach events like the air show —
were not authorized under a shutdown.
Many of the acts were already on base preparing when Farnham held
another press conference.
The Pentagon’s restrictions were “more than I had the authority to
overcome,” he said. “The timing probably couldn’t be worse … but it is
what it is.”
The base immediately began refunding tickets and working on settling
contracts with performers, service providers, novelty vendors, sponsors
and others, but it will likely take several weeks to determine exactly
how all the money will be paid back, Hill said.
Last year, grandstand and box seating alone brought in nearly $300,000,
and catering and concessions earned more than $820,000, according to
documents provided by the base.
Still, Hill said, the base has seen an “outpouring of support from the
community,” and has directed all interested parties to donate to MCCS
through its air show sponsorship program. 

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