Air Force Reserve Command said Monday that it plans to send letters to nearly 5,000 airmen in individual mobilization augmentee positions this month to review their options because their positions are being unfunded. As part of the overall Air Force drawdown meant to free money to sustain aircraft recapitalization, AFRC will reduce its manpower authorizations by a total of 7,700 positions over the next few years. The 5,000 targeted this month are being given a list of career options. Col. Roxane Towner, commander of AFRC’s Readiness Management Group, said: “The important thing to remember is that this isn’t an end-of-the-road scenario. We have many options available to those who wish to continue their service in the Air Force Reserve.”
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."