KC-135s from MacDill AFB, Fla., moved to Pease ANGB, N.H., on Monday as Tropical Storm Colin approached the Florida coast. The tankers moved as the base ordered all non-mission essential personnel to stay home on Monday. All base customer service organizations stayed closed on Monday as the storm approached, according to a MacDill news release. Florida declared a state of emergency on Monday, with the storm bringing torrential rain and 50 mile-per-hour winds, Reuters reported.
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.