Air Force Secretary Michael Donley last week visited Andersen AFB, Guam, and Kadena AB, Japan, as part of his official tour of the Asia-Pacific region. “It’s been said before, but it’s still true,” Donley told airmen at Andersen on Nov. 20. “Our airmen, along with their families, joint colleagues, and other services, make countless sacrifices to serve our nation and to keep America secure,” he continued. Donley said Andersen would play an important role as the US military shifts focus to the Asia-Pacific region under the Obama Administration’s new defense strategic guidance. That shift “provides an opportunity for the Air Force to leverage the unique characteristics of airpower with range and speed,” and the service “will invest in modernizing capabilities to project power and operate effectively in this region,” he said. At Kadena on Nov. 21, Donley told airmen: “I often get asked, ‘What is the best part of being the Secretary of the Air Force?’ and it’s meeting our airmen.” He added, “It is an honor to serve with you in the world’s greatest Air Force.” (Includes Andersen report by 2nd Lt Sarah Bergstein and Kadena report by A1C Hailey Davis)
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.