Over the next two months, Air Mobility Command will be conducting a search for its next AMC Icon—a title loosely based on the popular television program, American Idol. During the competition, AMC contestants will compete in a vocal competition at their local bases for cash prizes, according to a June 20 release. Top ranked contestants will have the chance to compete for additional cash prices in a command-level contest. In previous years, base finalists traveled to AMC Headquarters at Scott AFB, Ill., for the final live round, but this year, finalists will submit a video performance and “celebrity judges” will decide on the winners. The top three finalists will receive $1,000, $600, and $400, respectively. This year’s competition also will feature a new category for AMC personnel who are not based at or near any AMC host bases, states the release. Those “participants can enter by forwarding a music video showcasing their talents.” Last year’s AMC Icon was 1st Lt. Nicole White, SSgt. Tiry Crane was the runner-up, and third place went to TSgt. Doug Boren.
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.