The Pentagon has identified the three airmen killed Jan. 7 by an improvised explosive device in the Baghdad area. They were: TSgt. Timothy R. Weiner, 35, of Tamarac, Fla.; SrA. Elizabeth A. Loncki, 23, of New Castle, Del.; and SrA. Daniel B. Miller Jr., 24, from Galesburg, Ill. All three explosive ordnance disposal airmen were deployed to Iraq from Hill AFB, Utah. The Pentagon release did not identify the fourth airman who was injured.
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.