Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for budget, has been selected for induction into the Order of the Sword, the highest honor the noncommissioned force can bestow on an officer. CMSgt. James Cody, command chief for Air Education and Training Command, informed Flowers of his selection at the Pentagon last week. “I don’t think there’s any command in our United States Air Force that’s more important to all of us than [Air] Education and Training Command,” Flowers said, with a nod to airmen undergoing basic training. “That is what it’s all about,” he added. Before serving in the Air Force office of financial management, Flowers commanded 2nd Air Force. Flowers will officially be inducted into the Order of the Sword in April. (Pentagon report by SMSgt. David Byron)
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.