Air Force Special Operations Command has released more information about SSgt. Timothy Davis, the airman who died from wounds received when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device last week. Davis, who was a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., had enlisted in the Air Force in 1999, training first as a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) instructor. He entered training for the CCT field in June 2003 and two years later was assigned to the CCT Silver Team. He also qualified as a joint terminal attack controller. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan as a JTAC at the time of his death. Maj. Travis Woodworth, 23rd STS acting commander said, “Tim was one of the first squadron members to volunteer for this recent deployment, despite just getting back from one less than a year ago.” Woodworth noted, too, that Davis was “the epitome of the quiet professional that we in the Special Operations community strive to be.” (AFSOC report by Capt. Laura Ropelis)
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.