You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Air Force might suspend tuition assistance program


The Air Force will consider suspending a tuition reimbursement program for airmen under pressure from the Department of Defense to make “significant reductions” to the program for incoming applicants.

The Army and the Marine Corps have already suspended the tuition program for soldiers and Marines as the effects of automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, begin to take effect. Those currently enrolled can complete coursework, but no new students will be allowed to enroll, according to the Pentagon.

Air Force Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth said Friday his service branch had made no decisions yet, but expected to next week. Wright-Patterson Air Force base has 1,374 airmen enrolled in the active-duty tuition assistance program through courses at dozens of colleges and universities, according to Theodore Theopolos, a base spokesman.

If the program is suspended, it would also impact about 20 students at the Air Force Institute of Technology, the service branch’s post-graduate school at Wright-Patterson, he said in an email.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, said each service is responsible for funding and administering the program.

The Department of Defense this week issued guidance that indicated “the services should consider significant reductions in funding new tuition assistance applicants, effective immediately and for the duration of the fiscal year,” Christensen said in an email. The Pentagon has begun slashing expenses with automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, and funding shortfalls of $46 billion expected between now and the end of the fiscal year in September.

The Air Force Tuition Assistance program offers 100 percent tuition and fee payments. The program pays up to $250 per semester credit hour, $166 per quarter credit hour and a maximum of $4,500 in a fiscal year. The program applies up to earning a master’s degree.

In the Army, more than 201,000 soldiers were enrolled in the program last year and about 9,300 earned college degrees. The service spent $373 million on the educational coursework. Additional information from the Air Force and the Marine Corps was not provided Friday.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Military

Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory
Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory

A military Humvee stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow was found Friday night in a garage at a vacant house. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said tips from the public led troopers to find the vehicle. No arrests have been made, and the theft remains under investigation, the patrol said. A military Humvee was stolen from the Ohio National...
Former Navy SEAL tells Springfield men how he found his faith
Former Navy SEAL tells Springfield men how he found his faith

A retired U.S. Navy SEAL and author said one night at church saved him from himself. Chad Williams served in that branch of the military from 2004 to 2010. He spoke in Springfield to The Gathering on Wednesday morning, saying he decided to become a SEAL to mature, make an impact and not be an “Average Joe,” despite his family’s objections...
Daily News reporter wins national award
Daily News reporter wins national award

In January 2015, Dayton Daily News reporter Barrie Barber, NewsCenter 7 anchor Cheryl McHenry and videographer Bob Garlock went on a 12,000-mile journey with a crew from the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The result was a series of stories showing the challenges of performing patient care at high altitudes and the dangers endured...
Hometown Vet: Springfield native learned discipline in Army
Hometown Vet: Springfield native learned discipline in Army

Hometown Veterans is a weekly feature profiling Clark and Champaign County veterans. This week the Springfield News-Sun profiles Joseph M. Spangler. Name: Joseph M. Spangler Hometown: Springfield Current Residence: Springfield Family: Proud grandfather to three granddaughters and seven grandsons, all living in Arizona. Career After the Military: Machinist...
Springfield WWII bomber pilot honored for clean flying record
Springfield WWII bomber pilot honored for clean flying record

A Springfield World War II veteran pilot will be honored Tuesday for having one of the cleanest flying records possible. Gordon McOwen, a former B-24 bomber pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps and Springfield native, will be presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. McOwen said he found out about the honor...
More Stories