The 586th Expeditionary Support Squadron, the Air Force’s newest expeditionary unit in Southwest Asia, was activated Jan. 2 at an air base in the region. The squadron, a component of the 586th Air Expeditionary Group, is charged with providing functions like chapel ministry and personnel management at four separate locations for US military personnel entering and exiting the war theater. When at full strength this summer, the unit will comprise more than 50 airmen. Maj. Gregory Marty, the squadron commander, said these airmen “will assist in moving our forces where and when they are needed” and “will serve a crucial role in assisting the family members of our brothers and sisters in arms should they be called to make their ultimate sacrifice.” (386th AEW report by SSgt. Lindsey Maurice)
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.