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Seeing the firsthand impact sequestration and budgetary cuts have on military aviation.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, recently saw firsthand the impact sequestration and budgetary cuts have on military aviation when he spent the day with a Marine Corps fighter squadron at Andrews Air Force Base.

On Monday, Dec. 16, Manchin participated in a Marine Corps flight briefing, donned a survival vest and fight helmet and joined fighter pilots in routine training exercises.

"After spending the day with an elite group of individuals, I left Andrews Air Force Base with a deeper appreciation for these Marines and for military aviators," he said. "Our nation's air superiority is unchallenged, but that advantage is tenuous if sequester cuts continue to force aviation units across America to be grounded."

"Our military units need continued investment and funding, and I left even more convinced that the sequester's across-the-board cuts are damaging the effectiveness of our military. I am encouraged that the Murray-Ryan budget deal will help bring back a sense of normalcy to our fighting units and aviators."