Moseley had some advice for any Air Force blue-suiter who wants to stay in the service: Look at the career fields that are stretched thin. He said that 13 percent of officer career fields and 20 percent of enlisted fields are short of staff. That means that some members may be able to switch career fields and stay with the Air Force. “Before anyone leaves, I want to make sure we have opportunities to move people into those stretched career fields,” Moseley said.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.