A diverse group of airmen—civil engineers, logistics readiness and communications specialists, and unmanned aerial vehicle maintainers—have been working round the clock for about two months to beddown the MQ-1 Predator UAV at Ali Base, Iraq. TSgt. Phyllis Hanson reports that civil engineers laid more than 30,000 cubic meters of gravel, clay, and concrete and constructed four hangars, while the loggies kept the supplies flowing and equipment running. When the hangars went up, the Predator maintainers began reassembling the Predators packed for shipment.
A majority of panelists convened by the Atlantic Council to assess the situation in Ukraine believe that Russia will have enough forces—and recent practice in Belarus—to invade Ukraine within a month. A senior Air Force official concurred, saying the service expects the conflict soon.