The Air Force has to create a “dramatically different” sense of normalcy for airmen returning home from Afghanistan, CMSAF James Cody told reporters at AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. To help prevent airmen from getting bored in their jobs after 12 hard years of war and being in a specific career field, the Air Force needs to find a way to retain them, said Cody during the Sept. 18 briefing. Without a sense of adventure, “bored airmen will go somewhere else,” he said. “They will not hang around long.” Cody said, “It’s difficult to say” what must change since not all airmen are back yet, but this is something senior leadership will have to discuss. “We need to integrate them back into their units” and allow them to “decompress,” he said. “Normal’s going to look dramatically different when you take [the airmen] out of that [combat] environment,” said Cody.
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."