The Air Force has not found the pilot of the F-16 that crashed in Iraq early Monday morning. An official statement did confirm that insurgents were in the vicinity at the time of the crash. Coalition ground forces had to wait for combat operations in the area to stop before they were able to secure the crash site. Various news reports indicate that the aircraft was assigned to Cannon AFB, N.M., but base officials say all Cannon pilots deployed to Southwest Asia are accounted for.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.