A C-130 Hercules participating in Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 returns from a competition sortie to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on July 26, 2011. Rodeo 2011, sponsored by the Air Mobility Command, is the Mobility Air Force's readiness competition. This competition focuses on improving worldwide air mobility forces' professional core abilities. More than 150 teams and 3,000 people from the Air Force, and Air Force Reserve, as well as allied nations are participating in Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol)
Staff Sgt. George Reinas and Senior Master Sgt. Nathan Brett, both sniper-qualified Airmen in the Air Force, practice a scenario on a range on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on July 27, 2011. Brett and Reinas were the event coordinators for the advanced marksmanship event for Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Brett is the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's 421st Combat Training Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Reinas is a security forces combat skill instructor in the 421st CTS. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol)
From front to back, after opening ceremonies for the Air Mobility Rodeo, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 24, 2011, participating units competed against each other in the Air Force fitness test. Five of Fairchild’s Airmen – four competitors and the team chief -do one minute of pushups. From front to back: Senior Airman Alexander Aun, 92nd Security Forces Squadron; Staff Sgt. Michael Burton, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Capt. Jim Blech, 92nd Operations Support Squadron, and Lt. Col. Brad Hamby, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron. Hidden on the other side of the opponent is Senior Airman Lyndell Bowie, 92nd Comptroller Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Buzanowski)
3/18/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- This year's gathering of the Mobility Air Force's biennial Rodeo readiness competition has been canceled.
Gen. Paul Selva, Air Mobility Command commander, decided this week to cancel the competition because of budget shortfalls.
"Given the fiscal uncertainty and current budget cuts, this was the right thing to do," said Gen. Selva. "It is very unfortunate we have to cancel. This is an important and uniquely useful event for mobility air forces and our international partners. We'll get back to holding Rodeo as soon as we can."
It is not the first time Rodeo has been canceled for budgetary or operational tempo reasons, officials say. Rodeo 2003 was called off because of worldwide commitments for the Global War on Terror and humanitarian efforts; in 1988, it was canceled because of budget shortfalls. Rodeo competitions are held to train and improve the abilities of U.S. and international partners' air mobility operations skills while building international relationships.
Three air mobility symposia originally scheduled for the week before the competition are also canceled, officials said.
More than 20 U.S. teams and a dozen allied nations were looking to travel to Washington state in late July for Rodeo 2013 to participate in events that would challenge the capabilities of airlift and air-refueling aircrews, as well as maintenance, aerial port, and aeromedical evacuation. Those participants are being notified of the cancelation through appropriate channels, officials said.