CMSAF Gerald Murray told airmen in Honduras during a swing through US Southern Command that they, personally, had little to fear as USAF cuts 40,000 to 50,000 from its rolls. Why? According to Murray, airmen such as those at Soto Cano Air Base are “the people we need. … You are the ones who can deploy.” Murray said that there are “6,000 people in the Air Force who aren’t able to deploy worldwide.” He said that the final numbers were not set, and indicated that the “tough decisions” lay ahead. One question is whether the service can “afford to keep that airman [who cannot deploy].” Our bet: They will go.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.