Airmen with the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Ali Base, Iraq, found themselves in a somewhat unique situation—indoctrinating US Army soldiers in force protection measures. The 407th ESFS airmen spent about a month “refreshing [the soldiers] skills and letting them know some specifics” about protecting Ali, TSgt. Scott Morris, the unit’s lead trainer, told the Ali Times. Some 164 soldiers of the 528th Quartermaster Company in July will take over the mission of patrolling in and outside the base perimeter. Army SSgt. Tusi Leuluai praised the airmen, saying it was his third opportunity to work with Air Force security forces. He added, “They know their stuff and are always on top of their game.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.