The Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., currently is under command of Marine Corps Col. Arthur Tomassetti while Air Force Col. David Hlatky attends a professional military education course. Tomassetti, who was formerly the lead government pilot for the X-35 test team, is the vice commander for the 33rd FW, which serves as the joint service unit slated to train US and international pilots on the F-35 strike fighter. Hlatky called Tomassetti a “superior officer” and said, “The 33rd Wing is a joint organization, so it should be no surprise that the vice commander takes the helm, regardless of service affiliation.” (Eglin report by Ashley Wright)
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.