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Washington gridlock is MacDill’s loss

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MacDill Air Force Base and other military installations could soon feel the hit of the nation's fiscal cliff crisis.

Base operations and maintenance departments could see budget cuts. Defense health programs could also see cuts, including funds for civilian doctors to treat military patients and military hospital and clinics.

Commissaries could also see cuts, resulting in reduced staffing and curtailed hours. Public schools that educate military kids could also see federal dollars cut.

Among things that can't be cut under sequestration – cuts forced by law – include: Military pay and allowances, military retiree pay, Tricare insurance and federal civilian pensions, healthcare and pay rates.

The fiscal cliff has already impacted the Air Force, causing a delay in the announcement of which bases will get the new KC-46 air refueling tankers.

Officials at MacDill had hoped the base would be among the first to get the new tankers that will replace the aging fleet of KC-135's.

It's not clear when the announcement will come.

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