The head of US Central Command said Wednesday the US
meets the challenges in “this very complex and often troublesome area”
with posture and presence, aimed primarily at making the region “more
capable of solving its own problems.”
There are 222 F-35A maintainers at Hill AFB, Utah, now,
and 150 more are in the pipeline, handily beating requirements for
initial operational capability for the new fighter, Lt. Col. Steven
Anderson, 388th Maintenance Group deputy commander, told reporters in a
The Air Force will declare initial operational capability of the F-35A as early as Monday, meeting a goal set three years ago.
Facing increasing challenges from Russia, NATO leaders
at the recent Warsaw summit reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to
defend member nations, and “we have the capacity to make good on that
commitment,” US Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe, said Wednesday.
NORAD and US Northern Command are partnering with the
Mexican Air Force in Amalgam Eagle 16, a tactical exercise designed to
improve mutual warning and information sharing in a cooperative response
to an illegal flight that crosses the US-Mexican border.
In response to a growing list of “increasingly significant cyber incidents,” the White House on Tuesday released a presidential policy directive intended to create a “more coordinated, integrated, and structured response” to cyber attacks.
Two Reserve C-130s and about 70 airmen touched down this week in Romania for two weeks of training with the host country.
The Air Force is now allowing airmen to be released
from their current jobs and attempt to cross-train into special tactics,
provided they meet the standards for the new career fields.
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