A two-week exercise called Eagle Flag wrapped up at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise, designed to help airmen prepare for expeditionary deployments, concluded on Oct. 28. Participants were tested on a wide range of expeditionary combat support skills. Besides working to build a base from the ground up, Eagle Flag 06-01 participants faced simulated enemy threats such as chemical attacks.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.