- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Air Force says it is putting eight C-17 cargo jets at Joint Base Charleston in backup status.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the Air Mobility Command said the decision to place eight of the jets in reserve is part of President Obama’s defense budget.

The eight jets will not be assigned crews or flying hours as part of the cost-saving measure. The command said the Globemaster jets will continue to receive the funding needed to sustain the weapons-system.

Eight other jets in Washington state also are being placed in backup status.

Major Gen. Michael S. Stough says the 16 jets could eventually be placed with the Air National Guard.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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