The 4th Manpower Requirements Squadron, which had been temporarily located at Buckley AFB, Colo., has moved into its new home at Peterson Air Force Base, home of the 21st Space Wing in Colorado Springs in the Centennial State. This marks the first time that the unit has had a permanent home since it stood up in 2006. The move into Peterson’s Building 391 will allow the squadron to work more closely with Air Force Space Command, said Lt. Col. Ernest Wearren, 4th MRS commander. “We can be engaged with them more on a daily basis and we can give them more timely products,” he said. The 4th MRS is tasked with determining manpower requirements for Air Force units. Members of Peterson’s 21st Civil Engineer Squadron spend the winter months transforming the 1951-vintage building into modern office space for the squadron. (Peterson report by Monica Mendoza)
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.