JB Langley-Eustis, Va., will be “considered” for the location of the Air Force’s new Installation and Support Center, according to a July 30 release from the Virginia congressional delegation. The announcement followed a meeting between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) with Air Force Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ferguson, Deputy Chief Management Officer Bill Booth, and Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, special assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, regarding proposed personnel reductions at Langley-Eustis. The new center could bring as many as 350 new jobs to the region, which would help offset any potential personnel reductions, states the release. The Air Force promised to provide additional details to the delegation on any potential reductions within the next month. Officials also “committed to using expansive personnel transfer authority to ‘go the extra mile’ to accommodate civilian and military personnel dislocated by these reductions, including [transferring them to] other federal or military agencies,” states the release. The delegation said it remains “committed” to working with the Air Force “to ensure that all of Virginia’s military and civilian Air Force employees are provided every opportunity to continue to serve.”
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.