Retired Gen. John Jumper, former Air Force Chief of Staff, got to see his official portrait unveiled at the Pentagon Monday. His words: “I appreciate everyone coming out for my hanging.” Jumper was the 17th Chief of Staff, taking the reins of command shortly before the 9/11 terrorist attacks and leading the service through the first years of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired in November 2005.
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.