With all the attention focused on Southwest Asia, it is easy to overlook US military operations in Bosnia. The majority of American troops are Army, but USAF still has three airmen living and working at Tuzla AB, Bosnia. Their job is to oversee some 160 contract employees who handle airfield operations, supporting the commercial Tuzla Airport, as well. Det. 1 of the 401st Air Expeditionary Wing comprises Lt. Col. David Lowe, Capt. Mark Arzate, and MSgt. Matthew Sheehan. All have a hand in quality assurance, making certain the contractors, many of whom are prior service, keep NATO air operations up to snuff.
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.