The Defense Department continues to post excellent recruiting results so far for Fiscal 2011, with all active and reserve components, except for the Air National Guard, meeting or exceeding their year-to-date accession goals through February. Even the Air Guard is tracking only nine recruits short of meeting its goal of having 2,779 new accessions in place through February, according to DOD’s newest figures released Tuesday. USAF’s active duty force has exactly met its fiscal year-to-date goal of bringing in 11,728 accessions. The Air Force Reserve, with 3,762 new recruits so far, remains 14 ahead of its year-to-date goal, as it was last month. (See also the previous month’s statistics.)
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.