The Ohio Air National Guard will establish a new 200-member RED HORSE engineering unit at Mansfield, the home of the 179th Airlift Wing, reports the Telegraph Forum. The 179th AW survived the BRAC 2005 axe—barely—losing its C-130s but later got picked as one of the new Joint Cargo Aircraft units. The addition of the rapid-deployable engineer unit will bring about $40 million in new construction to the Mansfield Air Guard facility.
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.