Despite the training space available on the Nellis AFB, Nev., ranges, Col. Tom Bergeson, commander of the 1st Operations Group at Langley AFB, Va., said there were a few limitations on the F-22A Raptors during their first engagement at Red Flag. The Raptor’s supersonic capabilities and ability to drop joint direct attack munitions from long distances requires a “safe range” not found at Nellis. Consequently, Raptor pilots had to keep their aircraft on a bit of a leash. At the same time, Bergeson told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday that despite past hiccups with the computer avionics of the fighter, today it is a “rare occurrence” when a pilot has to reboot his systems.
The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness revised the Defense Department’s COVID-19 guidelines. The new rules clarify what’s meant by being “up to date” on vaccinations and when personnel must wear masks in vehicles, among other changes.