The Air Force will soon begin training airmen on what is expected of them once the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy takes effect. “I know our airmen will approach this issue professionally, and will continue to adhere faithfully to our core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do,” said Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. Air Force officials are following the three-tiered training plan that senior Pentagon officials outlined last month. “This training explains the new policies and provides information about specific behaviors, statements, and actions to our airmen,” said Col. Jeff White, who leads the working group overseeing this training. Schwartz said implementing the repeal during time of war is challenging, but there’s “no doubt” the Air Force will do this in a manner that “minimizes operational impact.” (SAF/PA report by Maj. Joel Harper)
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.