The boss of Air Combat Command and the Air Force’s longest serving officer, Gen. Ron Keys, has taken his final flight as an active duty pilot, in preparation for retirement on Nov. 1, reports David Hopper. Keys piloted an F-4, which he flew in combat in the Vietnam War and flew as an instructor pilot at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School in Nevada. Keys, who turns his last command over to Gen. John Corley today, got doused with the traditional water bath.
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.