A Coming Trend: The Air Force has created its first active-duty associate squadron—the 30th Airlift Squadron at the municipal airport in Cheyenne, Wyo. This is part of USAF’s ongoing effort to re-invent the Total Force concept. The 30th AS, which falls administratively under the active 463rd Airlift Group at Little Rock AFB, Ark., will work operationally with the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing at Cheyenne, where the active and Guard airmen will share the aircraft assigned to the 153rd AW. Right now the 30th AS has only an initial staff of 10 airmen, but it should have its full complement of 74 by October.
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.