The Air Force has begun sending to USAF facilities around the world to jump start the transition to a new centralized financial services operation. The teams will spend the next nine months indoctrinating local finance personnel develop the process that will put travel and pay voucher processing in the hands of a new Air Force Financial Services Center opening at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. The service expects to save more than $200 million in the first 10 years of operation.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.