CMSgt. Allen Usry, the current command chief for the Continental US NORAD Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) at Tyndall AFB, Fla., will take over as NORAD-US Northern Command’s command senior enlisted advisor in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Army Command Sergeant Major Daniel Wood, who is retiring. According to an April 27 Tyndall release, Usry is the first Air Guardsman selected to be the command senior enlisted advisor for a combatant command. “It is a great day for the Air National Guard, 1st Air Force, NORAD-NORTHCOM, and most especially, Chief Master Sergeant Usry,” said Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, commander of CONR-1st AF, where Usry has served since June 2005. Morrow added, “Not only does his selection set a precedent, it’s extremely well deserved.” Usry joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1988 after six years as a Marine. (Usry bio)
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.