The official retirement of Lt. Gen. Craig Koziol on June 1 marks the end of an era for the Air Force, as the service will bid adieu to the last uniformed airman who was once a part of the US Air Force Security Service, the original iteration of today’s Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, according to agency officials. “I’m very proud to have been a member of USAFSS,” said Koziol, who is stepping down after 36 years in uniform as an intelligence officer. Since February 2009, he’s been deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence for joint and coalition warfighter support. The Air Force established USAFSS in October 1948, according to the AFISRA’s May 23 release. Then-2nd Lt. Koziol joined its ranks as a signals intelligence officer in March 1977, states the release. Among his many assignments, Koziol led AFISRA, headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., from May 2007 to February 2009. He said he will miss “the professional camaraderie and focus on wanting to do whatever is necessary to support our country.” (San Antonio-Lackland report by Wayne Amann)
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.