The first cadre of 20 airmen who have been helping other airmen transition from the stresses and trauma of combat to their normal lives back home is set to conclude its stint within the next month at the Deployment Transition Center at Ramstein AB, Germany. These 20 career field facilitators, as they are known, have been at the center since it stood up in July as USAF’s first facility dedicated to this purpose. Themselves combat veterans, they have assisted more than 930 airmen in the explosive ordnance disposal, security forces, and vehicle operator career fields prepare to return to home station and their families after combat deployments. “There’s no way we could be as effective without them,” said Capt. Heather DeShone, DTC program manager, of the CFFs. She added, “They speak the right language and they’ve been there, done that.” (Ramstein report by Capt. John Ross)
As the Pentagon increasingly pivots its focus to strategic competition with China, the U.S. will look to expand its partnership with South Korea to increase security across the entire Indo-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said Dec. 2 during a visit to the northeastern Asian nation.