Improving manning in the Air Force’s ICBM wings and having the right skill levels at the right places are important to rehabilitating the ICBM mission, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, head of Air Force Global Strike Command. “We want to be effectively manned across the mission,” said Wilson during an AFA-sponsored talk in Arlington, Va., on June 24. At the blessing of Air Force Secretary Deborah James, AFGSC will increase its manning by some 1,100 positions, said Wilson. This will include some 300 billets in security forces, several hundred civilians, more personnel in maintenance, and proper manning for a new helicopter group. The command is also looking at acquiring better tooling for crew chiefs and revamping gear for missile field security forces, said Wilson. (For more from Wilson’s talk, read Bombers Around the World and Normalizing ICBM Sustainment.)?
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.