The Naval Postgraduate School has cancelled its annual Memorial Day concert because of sequestration cuts.
Captain Gerral K. David, the commanding officer of the Naval Support Activity, said at a discussion on spending cuts sponsored by the United Way on Thursday morning the Navy had to cut back on community relations.
The move comes on the heels of the Presidio of Monterey cancelling its annual Language Day.
"Those are relatively small things," David said about both events. "... But if I'm not training people to go on deployment, to fight our nation's wars ... how can I afford to spend money on community relations?"
He said the Navy was trying to "get to the right place" with spending but, in the meantime, there will be things they cannot do even though they want to.
The Memorial Day concert is typically one of the only times the public is allowed in NPS. In addition to a performance by the Monterey Bay Symphony, there were also activities for children.
David was joined in the talk by Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel; Fred Meurer, city manager of Monterey; Elliott Robinson, director of social services for the county; and Norm Groot, the head of the county farm bureau.
The wide-ranging federal cuts were aggressively condemned by the officials.
"Sequestration is absolutely idiotic," Meurer said. "It is an absolute, total abandonment of leadership."
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