Gen. Tod Wolters on Thursday received his fourth star and took command of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa during a ceremony at Ramstein AB, Germany. Wolters took command from Gen. Frank Gorenc, who is retiring after running USAFE for three years. Wolters, who previously served as the director of operations for the Joint Staff, said during the ceremony that USAF needs to “get better” in Europe because as the Air Force improves its presence and operations in the region, adversaries are as well.
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.