The Air Force is looking to consolidate its training of battlefield airmen from eight bases now to “something less,” likely three or four locations, Air Education and Training Command chief Gen. Darryl Roberson told reporters at ASC16. Roberson said that the consolidation will save money by keeping like functions together, better standardizing training and avoiding the need to send airmen to another base for the next leg of their instruction. Those shifts often cause a week-long break in training, which disrupts the rhythm of instruction, plus the airmen have to be paid for that travel time and their travel expenses, Roberson said.
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."