Although the Pentagon did not propose closing Eielson AFB, Alaska, it does want to remove the active units, thereby saving some $229 million a year. Whoa, says Alaskan officials, including the state’s Adjutant General. In a letter to BRAC commissioners, Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell cites a recent Air Force study saying the estimated residual active force of 400 personnel would be way short of need. Campbell believes the Pentagon may short change the base, leaving the 168th Air Refueling Wing in the cold.
An Active-Duty Airman set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy this afternoon, the Air Force confirmed to Air & Space Forces Magazine. The man, who was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, has not yet been publicly identified.