The Pentagon released the name of an airman killed in Iraq June 23 from the effects of an improvised explosive device. He was A1C Jason D. Nathan, 22, of Macon, Ga., deployed to Iraq from the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England. A Lakenheath news release notes that, at the time of his death, Nathan was serving as a gunner on a vehicle for a “very difficult Iraqi Police Transition Team mission.”
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."