Air Force Special Operations Command sent a CV-22B tiltrotor aircraft from the United States to Mildenhall AB, Britain, for beddown there as part of the 7th Special Operations Squadron. This CV-22 is the first of 10 that the squadron will operate, according to a June 26 command release. All 10 are scheduled to be in place by the end of 2014. The vehicle left for Mildenhall on June 21. Also on that day, Mildenhall officials held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the base’s new CV-22 simulator facility. (Includes Hurlburt report by SrA. Laura Yahemiak and Mildenhall report by Karen Abeyasekere)
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.