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Bossier Chamber: No air show, no $5 million

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BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) -

The military budget cuts called for in the sequester affect more than just service members returning to school or air shows. They also affect business.

Just as the cancellation of precision aerobatics set to thrill people this May because of budget cuts will be missed, so will major bucks in the local economy.

According to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, no air show means about $5 million will not be pumped into the local economy. The hotels, the restaurants, and the service industry will lose out this year, according to David Rockett, Executive Director of the Economic Development Foundation for Bossier.

The wife of an Airman facing lost tuition assistance agrees.

"People need to be outraged that Airmen's education is being cut, not about an air show that won't happen this year,"
she says.

Prewitt and thousands of military families have signed a petition that asks Congress to restore the sequester cuts and to help their families and service members.

"He signed up to risk his life for our country. And, while he would have done that either way, their education shouldn't be the first thing on the chopping block."

And, according to those who love to look up to the skies for a little excitement, neither should this tradition.

No dates for another air show have been set for 2014.

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