Airmen with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron supporting a deployed contingent of EC-130H Compass Call aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, have helped these platforms and their aircrews amass impressive statistics in combat operations. Through the maintainers’ efforts, the EC-130s have flown more than 24,000 hours in 4,000 sorties, assisting ground troops in capturing roughly 600 high-value individuals and 4,500 other persons of interest, and in seizing 340 weapons caches, according to unit officials. “Making these milestones happen with an aging fleet and a steady deployment rotation is challenging,” said Capt. Lisa Stokey, 455th EAMXS EC-130H officer in charge. She added, “I can honestly say this is one of the most impressive aircraft maintenance squadrons I’ve ever been a part of.” Compass Call aircraft carry equipment that denies, degrades, or disrupts enemy communications. They left the Iraqi theater in August 2010. (Bagram report by MSgt. Mary Davis)
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.