Air Education and Training Command is still striving to boost the number of total military training instructors at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., to 508, with 25 percent of all instructors female, said Gen. Edward Rice, head of Air Education and Training Command. Speaking to reporters at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 21, Rice said he doesn’t expect the command to reach that number until December 2014. However, he said it’s possible “we may be able to accelerate that a little bit.” The goal is to boost the numbers at a “deliberate pace” because training capacity is limited and spacing out the assignments will ensure not all the MTIs leave Basic Military Training at the same time, said Rice. “We are building this up gradually at a pace I think is reasonable,” he said. The decision to rebalance the MTI corps came after a string of sexual misconduct cases by MTIs at Lackland rocked the command last year. So far there have been eight courts-martial; Rice said he fully expects more charges to come. He declined to say how many more, pending the completion of independent investigations.
More than two dozen U.S. Air Force fighters and tankers—including F-35s for the first time—are participating in what U.S. Air Forces in Europe calls the “premier” Nordic aerial exercise over the next two weeks.