The Air Force announced Monday that Gen. Stephen Lorenz will be retiring after 37 years of uniformed service. He had led Air Education and Training Command since July 2008. Lorenz is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and is a command pilot, with more than 3,500 hours in the cockpits of various transport and tanker aircraft. Replacing him at AETC will be Lt. Gen. Edward Rice, whom the Senate on May 7 confirmed to receive a fourth star. Rice has led US Forces Japan and 5th Air Force since February 2008. (Randolph release)
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.