The Air Force also tapped the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Field, Calif., to provide two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and air, rescue, and maintenance crews. They flew to Los Alamitos Army Airfield, to provide search and rescue support. And, Air Mobility Command engaged its 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB, Ill., to manage movement of about 103 tons of equipment to March ARB, Calif., where the Army set up a command center. AMC also dispatched 25 aeromedical evacuation personnel. It placed airlift and air refueling aircraft on alert at several bases. Air Force Space Command provided firefighters from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., to work alongside civil crews.
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.