TSgt. Douglas Rose of the 1st Security Forces Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., received a Bronze Star first oak leaf cluster March 25 for his service with the Operation Iraqi Freedom Joint Task Force from December 2006 to October 2007. Rose showed great expertise in the field of intelligence, and his keen insight into intelligence operations was pivotal in planning and executing numerous combat operations, reads his citation. Brig. Gen. Mark Barrett, 1st Fighter Wing commander, presented the medal during a ceremony at Langley. Since 2005, the 1st Security Forces Squadron has had six Bronze Stars awarded to its members for dedicated service in Iraq. (Langley report).
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."