Brig. Gen. Mark Atkinson, commander of a major unit at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia, told the Macon Telegraph that a low rating on a recent two-week logistics evaluation did not represent an “across the board” failure. He told the Telegraph’s Gene Rector, that the inspection “did highlight some areas where we need to put more attention.” An Air Force Materiel Command 60-person team scrutinized 83 units and work areas at WRALC. The center received an overall marginal rating, just above unsatisfactory. Atkinson said there were “a few individuals who failed to fulfill their responsibilities.” Tom Scott, president of the American Federation of Government Employees union representing a majority of employees at WRALC told Rector that new employees and “overly zealous” inspectors account for most of the problems.
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.