The Air National Guard achieved 96 percent of its recruiting goal for the month of August, a much better showing than in the previous few months. The August numbers should keep the Air Guard’s overall total for the fiscal year close to target. And, as the Pentagon notes, retention remains good. The active Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command each made 100 percent of their monthly goals for August. AFRC says it already has reached its goal for the year.
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.