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Mar 14, 2013 8:56 AM by AP

Automatic spending cuts cancel Barksdale air show

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Barksdale Air Force Base officials say an air show scheduled May 4-5 is off because of automatic spending cuts forced by the congressional budget battle.

The Times reports that a notice Wednesday on the base website announced the cancellation.

Col. Andrew Gebara, commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing, said times are challenging.

One of his predecessors, retired Brig. Gen. Peyton Cole, says he expected the cancellation and is worried it will hurt squadrons that rely on air show sales to bring in money for such things as farewell or wedding gifts for squadron members.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Shawn Bohannon says air shows help recruiting by letting civilians see what the Air Force does.

Maj. Warren Carroll says planners are working on a date for next year's show.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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