The Texas Air National Guard set up overnight a temporary medical facility—called Task Force Compassion—at Ellington Field in the facility’s abandoned base exchange—right near a sign that still advertises Toy Land. The 10-bed unit comprises 47 medics from the 147th FW and the 136th AW, as well as ANG’s 149th FW, Kelly Field, Tex., and the Army National Guard Support Medical Battalion, San Antonio. They opened for business Monday, treating Hurricane Rita evacuees and helping relieve local civilian hospitals of non-critical patients.
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.