Budget reductions force grounding of Eielson F-18 Squardron.

Federal budget reductions have forced the grounding of the F-18 Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base.

Military officials there said Tuesday the decision comes due to a lack of flying hour funding.

The say that money has been reassigned to units preparing to deploy instead.

The effects of today's decision are also being felt at Joint Bas Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and other parts of the nation as well.

Unless there is a funding change, planes will be grounded until September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

In the meantime, pilots will conduct academic training and use flights simulators.

The groundings follow the cancellation of two training exercises held at Eielson, "Red Flag," and Northern Edge 2013.

Alaska's Congressional delegation reacted swiftly in light of the news.

Senator's Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich are both members of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Murkowski says recent decisions to cancel Northern Edge and Red Flag exercises "send mixed signals to Alaskans and the

International community."

Congressman Don Young save his harshest criticism for President Obama and his Administration in the wake of today's announcement.

"Much like the cancellation of Northern Edge last week and the cancellation of Red Flag a few weeks before, the grounding of Eielson's 18th Aggressor Squadron

is a yet another sign of the tough financial situation that the Air Force is in due to sequestration and other budget adjustments," he said.

"I have twice voted to replace the sequester with targeted spending cuts. Unfortunately, the only leadership the President has shown on the sequester is to cancel White House tours."