Pacific Air Forces has a great deal of capability spread across its area of responsibility, but innovations from airmen at the squadron level are making the difference in how US Pacific Command and the Defense Department posture in the region, said PACAF Commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle, on Thursday. Speaking at AFA’s Pacific Air & Space Symposium in Los Angeles, Carlisle highlighted TSgt. Matthew Woodward, a B-52 maintainer deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam. Woodward studied the history of logistical support for the B-52s involved in the continual bomber presence on Guam, said Carlisle. Woodward then came up with a streamlined deployment package to support those B-52 rotations from Barksdale AFB, La., and Minot AFB, N.D. That package, which previously required four C-17s to transport to Guam, now only requires one C-17, said Carlisle.
After a long period in which munitions were almost an afterthought and sacrificed to pay for other priorities, the Air Force needs to focus on them in order to have the right “package” of capabilities for future conflicts, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said June 7.