Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley convened ANG senior leaders from all 50 states to share the plan that will reset the Air Guard for the future. More than 1,000 adjutants general, wing and unit commanders, command chief master sergeants and others attended the conference in Baltimore, according to a Dec. 19 news release. McKinley explained that the combined punch of BRAC 2005, Quadrennial Defense Review, and the Air Force’s own Total Force Initiatives has led ANG to reorganize missions, equipment, and allocation of manpower across the board. He said it had “not been an easy process, [but] … we need to get through it.”
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.