US Pacific Command recently concluded Operation Pacific Angel, a multinational collaborative effort to bring medical care and school improvements to two communities in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, according to a release. In coordination with ongoing efforts by the US Embassy, PACOM members joined experts from Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and the Sri Lankan air force to provide free medical care to some 4,000 people and perform renovations on six schools in the area that serve 1,100 students. TSgt. Maybelle McKinney-Martin, 35th Medical Group physical therapy flight chief, said, “Learning how to communicate has been a difficult but very rewarding challenge. Just being able to help the Sri Lankan community alongside other nations has been a wonderful experience.” (See last year’s operation, Pacific Angel Wraps in Philippines.)
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.