Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has tapped Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer to serve as the Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Neubauer currently serves as the vice commander of 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces and chief of staff of the Air Component Command at Osan AB, South Korea. He will replace Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward who has held the post since September 2012. Woodward will become the new head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault and Prevention office.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.