The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing in Louisville has a new Mobile Emergency Operations Center that will enhance the ability of the unit’s airmen to support civilian agencies following a catastrophe, according to a wing release. The MEOC is a state-of-the-art, 36-foot-long trailer equipped to tap into the civilian communications infrastructure. It is meant to be towed to the scene of a domestic disaster to serve as a command-and-control hub. “It is specifically designed for use with civilian agencies, and we would deploy the MEOC at the request of the civilian community,” said SMSgt. Carol Davis, emergency manager for the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron. The MEOC arrived in Louisville on Nov. 27, according to the release. The wing plans to use it for the first time in March during a major accident response exercise. While the mobile center will be based in Louisville, it’s meant to be a regional asset that the wing will share with other Air Guard units on an as-needed basis, said Davis. (Louisville report by AB Joshua L. Horton)
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.