The Air Force on Thursday announced the upcoming retirement of Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff and director of the Air Staff, according to an internal USAF memo. Hoog, who has served in his current position since August 2013, also serves as the deputy chairman of the Air Force Council and is the USAF accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés. A 1979 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Hoog is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours, including 181 combat hours over Bosnia and Iraq, according to his official biography. The announcement did not give the official date of retirement.
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.