Air Force Security Forces are stretched thin by the need to defend forward based assets in Southwest Asia and that leaves USAF with a hole in its ability to secure permanent bases, says Gen. Ronald Keys, head of Air Combat Command. Service leaders have been looking at a “two-pronged attack” to provide expeditionary security forces and forces to provide “some sort of law and order on those cities that I call air bases,” Keys told defense reporters earlier this month. He oversees 17 such bases and says, “We’re not going back to Dodge City 1861.” However, leaders are not certain of the best answer. Keys notes that contracting a force “takes money.” However, with no solution in sight, he acknowledges, “We’re accepting a lot more risk at stateside installations right now.”
The Air Force identified the Airman who died after setting himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy on Feb. 25 was Senior Airman Aaron James Bushnell, a cyber defense operations specialist assigned to the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing.