The Air Force plans to reactivate 3rd Air Force—it was just a year ago that US Air Forces in Europe deactivated it. The news is seeping out, as you can see from this biography of Lt. Gen. Robert Bishop Jr., which now notes at the top that he is “selected for reassignment as commander, 3rd Air Force.” There was also a brief announcement out of DOD on Sept. 22 (we missed it first time around). The implication of both the bio and announcement is that 3rd will be emplaced at Ramstein AB, Germany, the site of USAFE’s new warfighting headquarters, not at its old stomping ground at RAF Mildenhall, England. However, there is no official word out of USAFE yet.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.