The continuing resolution—and corresponding lack of an enacted defense appropriations bill for Fiscal 2011—is the No. 1 issue on airmen’s minds today, CMSAF James Roy told House lawmakers Wednesday. “Our men and women are deployed to foxholes around the world, yet we are dangling this [CR] in front of them, saying we may or may not be able to pay you,” Roy told the House Appropriations Committee’s military construction and veterans affairs panel. From a policy perspective, the top three quality-of-life issues that have captured senior leaders’ attention are building a culture of resiliency among airmen and their families, continuous support for those that deploy, and upgrading the Air Force’s exceptional family member program, Roy said. “The quality of life of airmen and their families is an overwhelming factor in how long they will serve,” he said.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.