Army Issues Instructions to Prepare for Funding Shortfall

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 28, 2007

U.S. Army News release: “The Army announced Nov. 28 that it has taken initial steps to plan for reduced operations at all Army bases while the congressional review continues on funding for operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and requirements associated with the Global War on Terror. With no funds provided for GWOT requirements since the beginning of the fiscal year, the Army has had to use Operation and Maintenance Account (OMA) dollars budgeted to organize, train, equip, and field forces, as well to sustain Soldiers and their Families, to fund war related activities. Gen. Richard A. Cody, vice chief of staff of the Army, directed all Army commanders and agency directors in a Nov. 26 memorandum to begin planning for reduced Army-wide operations. The memo instructs Army leaders to review all operations, and to make plans to minimize OMA-funded activities not required to protect the life, health and safety of occupants of Army installations, or required to maintain assets vital to the national defense. Detailed reports of this review and planning effort by installation commanders are due back to Gen. Cody by December 4.”

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