Forty-four troops from Afghanistan have gone missing in the US during training since January 2015, including eight in the last month. Reuters reported that about 2,200 Afghan troops have come to the US to receive military training—all were vetted before coming. “The Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood of an individual Afghan willingly absconding from training in the US and going AWOL,” Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told the news agency. The number includes two Afghan Air Force students who were reported missing after they failed to report for duty last December at Moody AFB, Ga.
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.