The Air Force does not plan to build any more bases in the Pacific, but will
maintain a significant presence in the region. During the Cold War era
"almost every CONUS unit" would rotate to Europe every 18 months to
two years and operate from there for stints, said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of
Pacific Air Forces. "The Air Force is turning to that in the
Pacific," he told reporters in Washington, D.C., on July 29. Carlisle said
the United States already is beefing up its Pacific presence with 12 rotating F-22s
at Kadena AB, Japan, and 24 F-16s in South Korea "on top" of what was
there before. The first overseas F-35 squadron also will be based in the
Pacific, likely Alaska, Japan, or South Korea, he said. In addition, the Air
Force will "maintain [its] capability in northeast Asia" while "increasingly
moving south and west with the rotational presence" in places such as India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, he said.
"The term we use often is 'places not bases,'" said Carlisle. (For
more coverage of Carlisle's roundtable, read Lightning
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The Air Force Academy and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are pushing back against a Colorado Springs Gazette report, which claimed USAF recruited cadets to spy on fellow cadets and then “disavowed them.”
An unpublished RAND study found that members of the nuclear missile force have low job satisfaction and often feel job-related “burnout,” however, Air Force officials say morale across the missile wings actually is comparable to the Air Force average.
Senators have introduced a host of competing amendments to the Fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill aimed at curbing sexual assaults in the military.