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2014 Joint Service Open House Cancelled

Posted 11/14/2013   Updated 11/14/2013 Email story   Print story


11th Wing Public Affairs Office

11/14/2013 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- In accordance with the Department of Defense's fiscal year 2014 community outreach plan, the Joint Service Open House scheduled for May 2014, also known as the Andrews Airshow, has been cancelled.

"We will miss the interaction that JSOH allowed us to have with our friends in the community, but this decision will save more than $2 million in tax dollars," said Colonel Bill Knight, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander, "We are in the process of adjusting our strategies to ensure we have a robust outreach program within our local community to show them how important they are to us, because without their support, we would not be able to get our missions accomplished."

The decision comes after the Department of Defense released a plan in October that initiated a 45% reduction in its outreach activities, with a goal of saving an estimated $1 billion dollars over the next ten years. The Joint Service Open House cost approximately $2.1 million dollars of appropriated funds in 2012. A decision about possible future JSOHs will be made when the timing is appropriate.

For additional information press should contact the 11th Wing Public Affairs office at 240-612-4428, or emailing

11/7/2014 5:51:48 PM ET
I like many other vets looked forward to this wonderful show. Perhaps now the money can be found to have the air show. I certainly would be willing to pay an entrance fee. However there should be a matching reduction in Congress and WH junckets
G Padar, 20715
6/7/2014 11:20:11 AM ET
Let us band together and setup a nonrofit to pay for this - between a small admission fee maybe 1-5 a person and some corporate sponsorhsips by defense contractors I bet we could cover the financial gap that it would take to bring back this fabulous fun patriotic family event What do you all think
Jim, Arlington VA
5/23/2014 10:42:59 AM ET
USNA graduation and commissioning ceremony is today... and the radio mentions Blue Angels performance yet failed to even remind the public that the JSOH has been canceled this year. I was wondering when the JSOH is until I found this site - what a disappointment.Wish there was a crowd funding campaign to raise 2 Mil.
Dave, Montgomery County MD
5/18/2014 12:35:40 PM ET
I lived in NoVA for many years and always looked forward to the Andrews Airshow. It was a rite of spring and loved the smell of jet exhaust and seeing military acft and gear up close with the opportunity of taking great pictures. I enjoyed talking with the service air crews and seeing the war birds of history and talking with that generation. At the Frederick MD a few years back I had the opportunity to fly in a B-17. For 2M the Andrews Airshow was great cheap advertizing. As a note hanging the cancellation on President Obama is beyond comprehension.
JJSchwartz, Northern Wisconsin
5/17/2014 4:07:03 PM ET
Not surprised. Fits with the closing of outdoor memorials. Leaves more money for the royalty to spend.
Patricia Smith , Baltimore
5/17/2014 8:28:37 AM ET
SORRY.... Seems to be the key word here.Absolute sorry leadership in America.
Bruce Woodring, Westminster MD.
5/16/2014 9:53:20 PM ET
consider it a gift ladies and gentlemen but i took the liberty of writing a letter to Toby Keith and Glen Beck and i think they'll agree to make this happen. of course there will have to be admission but it will totes be worth it as you all say. basically the concept is that Glen will be hovering like Kris Angel over stage center keeping everbody's attention on him until Toby flies in riding on the back of a giant eagle strumming his red white and blue guitar and singing some really cool music about beer and mudflaps. from there it just gets better. Gluten Tag hope to see you there
JIM SCHWARTZ, Yomamazhause Germany
5/6/2014 10:38:23 PM ET
No money for the air show yet the Obamas continue to waste millions of tax payer dollars on their vacations. Absolutely pathetic.
Donnie Lee Jr, LebanonPA
5/6/2014 3:53:43 PM ET
This program has been a mainstay of my generation.As others have indicated this allows young and old to talk with service memebers and some have become volunters to our coutry military as a result.I am disapointed to see what is cut from the military more imortant than this event.God please help the USA.
John Nichols, Baltimore MD
5/5/2014 12:57:16 PM ET
so far we have spent 40 million so the obamas and bidens can take vacations.what a joke
steve, baltimore
4/30/2014 9:34:28 PM ET
There is no admission fee because the tax payers have already paid for this. What a bunch of political b.s.. over 2 million. This was done for political gain by the W.H. admin. The Republicans made us do this. No longer allowed to show support for and pride in our military institutions.
Chullain, MD. its for the children.
4/19/2014 9:42:20 PM ET
This is Barack Obama's fault. But I'll bet if the Tuskegee Airmen were the feature the show would go on.
Lou Di Leonardo, Springfield VA
4/8/2014 12:44:14 PM ET
I was looking forward to the OH this year. They cancelled last year but gave us hope for this year bummer. My dad is retired AF and he really wanted to go. I was hoping to bring my son and perhaps persuade him to enlist in th AF. Maybe charging by the carload and then a dollar or two a head for the shuttle buses could have helped defray the cost.
stephanie, baltimore md
4/4/2014 12:45:11 PM ET
My children and I have been attending since 1994. We are very disappointed that this event is cancelled. We support our military and would absolutely pay to attend this event.
tthompson, Harford County MD
4/2/2014 12:00:07 PM ET
Charging admission is a great solution. The Special Forces hangar was very important to visit for my son. So sorry such a tremendous and patriotic event to be cancelled.
Christine and Kyle, Montgomery County MD
3/24/2014 1:05:03 PM ET
Lack of will. Plain and simple.With so many people attending and wishing to attend there are many ways you can change the event and make or save the money. 2M is not that much for an event that reaches so many people every year.Get some marketing people find volunteers seek sponsorships involve the community ask for donations charge a dollar for admission find a combination of all of the above that works but first of all find the will to do it.
Rafael, Washington DC
3/23/2014 3:28:48 PM ET
Sorry to see this. It's sad that the GOP would force this to happen. I'm sure we cut some tax break they give to their corporate sponsors to make up the difference and then some.
Brian , Montgomery County MD
3/12/2014 10:11:41 AM ET
I think people would pay an admission and I also think the defense contractorsspeaking of taxpayer money could sponsor the show. Good advertising and support of our troops too.
Tom, Hanover PA
3/8/2014 11:47:43 PM ET
I am in one of the most taxed states counties in the country. All these dollars my business - and me personally - that we pay go for programs that help others and I gain little if any benefit. I cannot even go to the airshow. It is all a big game.
Lee, Howard County Maryland
3/6/2014 12:38:57 PM ET
Id gladly pay 5-10 bucks for this event. My boys were disappointed we didnt see it last year as well.
Chris, MD
2/25/2014 9:37:35 AM ET
This is horrible. I think that admission is a fine solution. Many would gladly pay to attend this event. My children first saw the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels at this event and loved the static displays in the hangers. I think the cost of cancelling this event is causing a loss to future military personnel who would be in awe of the soldiers sailors and airmen who attend and display their prowess.
Brian Matlick, West Virginia
2/19/2014 11:17:40 AM ET
They also don't seem to realize that penny pinching now will cost them future pilots technicians and others who got their first close-up look at an airplane as grade-schoolers. Yes we would also pay to see the show.
Marc, Gaithersburg MD
2/17/2014 12:45:55 PM ET
My boyfriend's retired military. Was looking forward to seeing the show. He took vacation during this period in order to attend the event and bring the kids and I.10 a head is a GREAT idea Would gladly pay. I'd be happy to volunteer to help coordinate the event
Karla, Naperville
2/15/2014 8:24:54 PM ET
I would be more than willing to pay for this event. As a conservative I would rather pay for the event than have it funded by tax dollars anyhow. It is a great event and I hope that it will come back.
Jill Turgeon, United States
2/4/2014 5:15:16 PM ET
Sad. So sad. Charge admission. I'd pay an admission fee for the show in a heartbeat. I'm surprised the show remained free for so long.
Q, Washington DC
1/24/2014 2:49:39 PM ET
I agree charge for tickets I would pay 10-20 any time. I regularly visit Le Bourget and Farnborough airshows. But the interactive static displays and communication possibilities with servicemen make the JSOH the BEST Charge for 2015.
Pieter, Baltimore MD
1/13/2014 4:51:36 PM ET
Man that is depressing...Every year you've hosted it about 200000 people show up.Hey charge 10 for each ticket and you got 2 million right there Easy fix if you ask me. Who wouldn't pay 10 to go to one of the best AirArmed Forces shows in the world
Harlen, Knoxville TN
1/6/2014 9:41:21 PM ET
I am sorry to see that they canceled the 2014 Andrews AFB air show. This is the second year in a row they did this. I have been going to this show for over 25 years. Interesting president Obama can spend 2 mil on a vacation but they can't have the air show. You figure. Disappointed
charles dorwart, columbiapa
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