Although there are no “concrete” requirements for the US Air Force in response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the capability is there if the need arises, said US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Commander Gen. Frank Gorenc on Monday at AFA’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. “We developed a very robust ability to move patients” after more than a decade of counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We weren’t focused on moving patients with Ebola, but in the end, the basic infrastructure is there. The expeditionary equipment we would use to set things up in an underdeveloped environment is there, so we stand ready to address some of those requirements in a way that would make sense.”
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.