The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron moved from Pope Army Airfield, N.C., to Keesler AFB, Miss., and became part of the Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing on Oct. 15. The move allows the unit to have access to the 403rd’s training missions and 20 C-130Js, according to a 403rd release. The 36th AES currently has 30 personnel, but is scheduled to have 40 officers and 83 enlisted personnel. “We are rebuilding and looking for nurses and medical technicians to find it in their heart to do this incredible mission,” said MSgt. Tony Staut, an AE technician, according to the release. Though it might be rebuilding, the 36th AES didn’t waste time after its move to Keesler. The day before the redesignation ceremony, it took part in a training mission with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler, according to a separate 403rd release.
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.