Gen. Guillermo Galvan Galvan, Mexico’s secretary of national defense, last month toured Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson AFB, Colo., to check out first-hand the unit’s aerial firefighting operations. The wing flies Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s. Back in April 2011, more than 30 airmen and two C-130s from the unit helped suppress a 245,000-acre wildfire in northern Mexico, according to Peterson’s Oct. 31 release. The Oct. 19 visit was expected to be Galvan’s last to Peterson before he steps down from his position on Dec. 1, states the release. He also met with Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, US Northern Command boss, during the visit. (Peterson report by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher)
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.