The Senate last week approved the nomination of Gen. James Amos to be the Marine Corps Commandant. He is slated to assume the post on Oct. 22. He will be the 35th leader of the leathernecks in their storied history and the first career aviator to lead the corps. President Obama in July nominated Amos for the position. Amos, who has served since July 2008 as assistant commandant, will replace Gen. James Conway, who has led the Marine Corps since November 2006 and is retiring. (See AFPS report by Donna Miles)
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its version of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on Oct. 18, proposing an additional half billion dollars for the Space Force's 2022 budget and an extra 16 C-130Js for the Air Force, while leaving the service's requests for F-35s and F-15EXs untouched.