Daily Report

April 18, 2024

Q&A: Outgoing AFCENT Boss Grynkewich on the Future of the Middle East

As commander of Air Forces Central, Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich has been at the heart of almost all U.S. military action in the Middle East, from overseeing airstrikes against Iranian proxy groups to protecting troops as America’s air defense commander for the region. Just before handing over his command to Lt. Gen. Derek C. France, he spoke with Air & Space Forces Magazine and reflected on his tenure as head of AFCENT.

DOD Still Has No Plan To Stop Using Russian Gas in Europe

The Defense Department has not fulfilled a Congressional mandate to submit a plan for weaning U.S. military bases in Europe off of Russian energy, which could “be helping to fund the Russian war effort to the tune of a million dollars a week,” according to researchers.

Rethinking Medical DQ’s 

Senior officers, military retirees, and even members of Congress field hundreds of complaints annually from applicants who feel wronged by what they see as a random and inconsistent system.

Radar Sweep

HASC Chair Backs Air Force Plan on Space Guard Units

Breaking Defense

House Armed Services Chairman Mike Rogers is backing an Air Force proposal to transfer Guard units tasked with space missions into the Space Force, warning that the Guard advocates should not “waste their time” lobbying against the move, he told Breaking Defense on April 17. “I’m fully supportive,” of the proposal, said Rogers, R-Ala., following a HASC hearing on the Air Force and Space Force fiscal year 2025 budget requests.

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US Air Force Still Not Flying V-22s, But US Navy, USMC Are

Aviation Week

While the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy are actively flying and deploying their Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotors following the three-month grounding that was lifted in March, the U.S. Air Force has not yet returned the aircraft to flight.

WATCH: Aerospace Nation: Lt. Gen. David A. Harris

Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Lt. Gen. David A. Harris, deputy chief of staff, Air Force Futures, shared his thoughts on developing Air Force strategy and concepts, delivering an integrated force design, conducting strategic assessments of the operating environment through wargames and workshops, and achieving timely and effective operational capabilities required for tomorrow’s Airmen to fight and win.

Supreme Court Sides with Army Veteran in Overlapping GI Bill Benefits Case

Task & Purpose

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 16 that veterans with overlapping military service periods can use the benefits they earned from two different GI bills. Lawyers representing the Army veteran who brought the case, James Rudisill, said the decision could impact as many as 1.7 million veterans and allow them to receive education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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European Air Forces to Train Across Indo-Pacific This Summer

Stars and Stripes

Four European countries will deploy air forces to the Indo-Pacific this summer to train alongside the United States and other nations. Pacific Skies, a series of exercises between mid-June and mid-August, will involve 1,800 airmen and aircraft from Germany, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Germany’s air force said in a news release April 16.

CYBERCOM Establishes AI Task Force


U.S. Cyber Command has created an artificial intelligence task force to help it identify technologies that have great promise for full adoption. The effort is born out of an AI roadmap that the command developed, which was mandated by Congress as part of the fiscal 2023 annual defense policy bill.

One More Thing

Last Surviving Tuskegee Airman Visits Academy for Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Academy

The lone surviving documented original Tuskegee Airman returned with other family members of the famed African American aviators to help rededicate the statue that honors their legacy. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. James H. Harvey and Peggy Shivers, the wife of the late Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Clarence Shivers, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Tuskegee Airmen statue rededication and wreath-laying ceremony in the Honor Court April 12.