The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is under new command. Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry replaced Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, who has led AFRL since July 2013, on May 13, according to a May 16 release. Before taking over the AFRL, McMurry served as the vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif. Masiello—a command pilot with more than 3,300 flight hours in more than 20 different aircraft—will retire in July, ending a 35-year Air Force career, according to the release. He called commanding the AFRL the highlight of his Air Force career. “I thought flying fighters was fun, but AFRL easily tops that,” said Masiello, who has flown the F-15, F-15E, F-16, and F-111, among other aircraft.
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.