Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog replaced Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins as the US military’s senior leader in Alaska. “Here is an impressive leader with a distinctive career, uniquely well suited to assume this strategically important post and manage the multi-faceted nature of this assignment,” said Adm. Robert Willard, US Pacific Command commander, of Hoog during the Nov. 7 change-of-command ceremony at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. “To the men and women who make up this team serving in the last frontier, my pledge is simple: Together, we’ll accomplish the mission our nation requires, while focusing on our greatest asset, our people,” said Hoog, who previously led 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB, S.C. In his new role, Hoog also oversees 11th Air Force, NORAD’s Alaska region, and Joint Task Force-Alaska. Atkins, who led Alaska Command since May 2008, is retiring, effective Jan. 1, ending a 33-year Air Force career. (Elmendorf-Richardson report by SrA. Cynthia Spalding)
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.