Flight training has commenced as part of the C-21A instructor pilot course at Scott AFB, Ill., for the first time since the base’s 458th Airlift Squadron regained the C-21 training mission. The 458th AS earlier this year assumed responsibility for the training from the 45th AS at Kessler AFB, Miss. The Scott unit also conducts normal operational airlift missions with its C-21s, which are militarized Lear business transports. The first course flight took place on July 6. (Scott photo caption by SSgt. Brian J. Valencia)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.