The Air Force on Thursday announced the
upcoming retirement of Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff and
director of the Air Staff, according to an internal USAF memo.
The last of 315 QF-4 unmanned aerial targets was shot down May 27 by Florida Air National Guard and 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group F15C pilots at Tyndall AFB, Fla., USAF spokesman 1st Lt. Christopher Bowyer-Meeder told Air Force Magazine.
Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Ray Odierno acknowledged the Air Force had “no choice” but to reduce the number
of remotely piloted aircraft combat air patrols in order to normalize its
training pipeline, saying the decision shows how sequestration-related cuts are
driving very hard tradeoffs across the services.
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