The Senate has approved the nomination of Lt. Gen. Mike Hostage for promotion to the rank of general for his new assignment as head of Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Va. Hostage has overseen the air campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq since August 2009 as commander of Air Forces Central. He will replace Gen. William Fraser, who’s led ACC since September 2009. The Senate also has confirmed the nomination of Maj. Gen. David Goldfein to receive a third star as he heads to his new assignment replacing Hostage in Southwest Asia at AFCENT’s helm. Goldfein has been ACC’s director of operations since August 2009.
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."